League News: The Green Bay Packers have “no intention” of re-signing OLB Clay Matthews once his contract expires after this season, per Bob McGinn.
McGinn says that Green Bay reached the conclusion some time ago that Matthews isn’t the force he once was and there has just been too little production to bring back an aging player.
Matthews told reporters a month ago that his agent and the Packers have discussed a potential contract extension that would keep him in Green Bay for the foreseeable future. “My agency and upstairs have had talks,” Matthews said, via PackersNews.com. “We’ll see where it goes. At the same time, I’ll just go out there and do my things and let the pieces fall where they may. “I’ve been here going on 10 years, so I’d like to obviously add a few more to that. I’m not in control of that. All I can control is what I do on Sundays, and hopefully it’s a big year.” Matthews added that he still has “a lot of good football ahead of me.” “I’ve got a good mind in how I envision this season and my future,” Matthews said. “So we’ll see what that holds, if that means back here for a few more years or packing my bags. “I still feel like I’ve got a lot of good football ahead of me. Hopefully, that’s here for a few more years.” However, the Packers have since dialed back their efforts to sign Matthews to an extension during the season and it appears both sides could be headed for a split in 2019.
Matthews, 32, is currently in the final year of his six-year, $69.73 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $10.4 million for the 2018 season.
Matthews is in line to be an unrestricted free agent in 2019.
In 2018, Matthews has started two games for the Packers and recorded four tackles.
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