Packers GM Brian Gutekunst thanks Clay Matthews for his 10 seasons with Green Bay
Linebacker Clay Matthews signed with the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday, marking the end of his 10-year tenure with the Green Bay Packers.
Following Matthews’ signing, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst took to Instagram to thank him for his spectacular run in Green Bay:
Matthews is coming off a 2018 campaign in which he played in all 16 games and finished with 43 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and a forced fumble.
The 32-year-old, who played collegiate football at the University of Southern California, was originally selected by the Packers in the first round (25th pick) of the 2009 NFL Draft.
He appeared in all 16 contests during his rookie season, racking up 50 tackles, 10 sacks, a forced fumble, three fumble recoveries, seven passes defended, and a defensive touchdown en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.
Clay Matthews then made the Pro Bowl in each of his first four years in the league, also earning a First-Team All-Pro selection in 2010 after totaling 59 tackles, 13.5 sacks, an interception, a couple of forced fumbles, four passes defended, and a defensive score.
Overall, the Northridge, Calif., native made six trips to the Pro Bowl during his time with Green Bay, last earning the honor in 2015 when he recorded 66 tackles, 6.5 sacks, a pick, and a fumble recovery.
The Packers went just 6-9-1 in 2018 and missed the playoffs, marking the first time since 2006 that Green Bay failed to qualify for the postseason in back-to-back campaigns. The Packers won just seven games in 2017, largely due to the fact that Aaron Rodgers missed most of the year with a broken collarbone.