Ex-Packers LB Clay Matthews May Be a Match For Falcons

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Former inside linebacker Clay Matthews #52 of the Inexperienced Bay Packers whips his hair.

The Los Angeles Rams launched linebacker Clay Matthews in March together with operating again Todd Gurley. Atlanta was fast to signal Gurley and a handful of different former first-round picks, however haven’t budged on Matthews.

Most not too long ago, the Falcons signed Deone Buccanon with hopes to enhance their pass-rush, and including one other veteran doesn’t sound too shabby.

Matthews is principally an out of doors linebacker however has expertise inside as effectively and has confirmed to be very versatile in his function on protection, the Falcons love a hybrid participant.

Matthews turns 34 in Could and has a whole lot of expertise with the league. He’d be an inexpensive asset so as to add to the Falcons’ roster and depth at linebacker.

They’ve Completed ‘It’ Earlier than

By ‘it’ I meant that the Falcons have introduced in an older vet to point out the rookies the way it’s completed and have been fairly profitable with it.

In 2016, the Falcons snagged Dwight Freeney for on a smaller deal who helped flip the younger protection round. That very same 12 months the Falcons made it to the notorious Tremendous Bowl LI the place they blew it however nonetheless, gained a notable NFC championship win.

The then, 36-year-old performed 18 out of 19 video games and had two begins. He performed 415 snaps with 4 sacks.

When Freeney who was a former first-round decide by the Colts in 2002 got here to Atlanta, Falcons 24-year-old LB Vic Beasley had a breakout season and owed all of it to Freeney’s mentorship.

“He’s meant a lot to me,” Beasley stated of Freeney in an interview with ESPN. “Bringing him on this workforce and into this group has been an awesome assist. He simply preaches a work-hard mentality and competes at a excessive stage and the best way to arrange your self each week.”

Beasley recorded a career-best of 15.5 sacks.

 ‘The Claymaker’

In his single season as a Ram, Matthews began 13 video games at linebacker. He recorded 51 tackles, 10 sacks, one pressured fumble, three fumble recoveries, and 7 move deflections.

Since coming into the league in 2009, Matthews has spent most of his profession within the NFL with the Inexperienced Bay Packers the place he earned the nickname ‘Claymaker’ after dominating early in his profession as a playmaker. The Packers chosen him with the No. 26 general after the Falcons handed on him for a defensive sort out, Jeria Perry.

All through his NFL profession, Matthews has tallied 519 tackles, 91.5 sacks, six interceptions, 16 pressured fumbles, and three defensive touchdowns. He’s a six-time Professional Bowler and three-time All-Professional and owns a Tremendous Bowl ring after serving to the Packers defeat the Steelers in Tremendous Bowl XLV.

Not Sufficient Cash?

The Falcons make have spent an excessive amount of cash elsewhere to even afford somebody like Clay Matthews. However, it doesn’t matter as a result of they will give you the funds even when it means they should restructure a participant’s contract like Julio Jones’. They did that again in April with Matt Ryans to create extra cap area for Clay’s cousin on the workforce, Jake Matthews.

Plus it will be a one-year deal so it wouldn’t put a lot in danger. Atlanta simply must get artistic like Thomas Dimitroff’s plan has been this entire time.

Gurley dominating on the offense then Matthews and his luscious locks mentoring the protection whereas throwing some sacks round can be so cool.

The underside line is, Matthews will no less than see any amount of cash Falcons would provide him because the Rams gained’t pay up.


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