'They told me there was no room'

Matthews talks departure from Packers

Bill Michaels
August 27, 2019 - 2:47 pm

10 seasons, 83.5 sacks, six Pro Bowls and one Super Bowl win mark the legacy of Clay Matthews III as a member of the Green Bay Packers. His place in Packers history is irrevocable. Despite his standing with the organization, his departure from Green Bay came surprisingly and, in certain regards, unceremoniously.

"I was kind of taken aback, because I thought I'd always be back there, whether it was at a cheaper price [or not]," Matthews told NFL.com's Michael Silver. "People say, 'You chose to go to L.A.' I didn't choose. They told me there was no room for me."

Matthews, of course, went on to sign with the Los Angeles Rams -- a homecoming for the veteran pass rusher. He was born in L.A. He played college football at USC in L.A. He now plays for the Rams in L.A. in the same arena that he played college ball in -- the famed Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. 

There is no bitterness for Matthews toward the Packers, Silver writes at NFL.com. However, the suddenly-severed relationship led Matthews -- who had played multiple positions and through multiple injuries to contribute for the Packers -- to reevaluate his perception of the pro football business...and his ego.

"You just sometimes wish they would be a little more honest and up front as far as how they see it," Matthews told Silver. "But, I mean, why should I get preferential treatment? Nobody is going to say, 'Hey, this is how we actually feel about you.' " 

Matthews is settling in, and enjoying himself, in his second NFL home. Silver, and Matthews, discuss the transition at length at NFL.com -- full story here.