Packers News: Clay Matthews shouldn’t go anywhere in 2018

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Clay Matthews
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Clay Matthews /

Why Clay Matthews should still be part of the Green Bay Packers’ plans, and much more in Sunday’s Packers News Report.

Welcome to the Packers News Report.

It’s time for the conference championships, so I’m sure just about everyone reading this is wearing Eagles colors today. No matter the outcome of the games, we are set for two interesting contests.

A year ago Green Bay was preparing for the NFC title game. Now it’s aiming to get back there a year from now.

Sunday’s Packers News Report features analysis on why Clay Matthews should be on the roster next season, why the Packers could make a splash at the tight end position, and more.

Let’s dive in.

Packers news and notes from around FanSided

Clay Matthews should be on the 2018 roster [NFL Spin Zone – Hunter Noll]

While it’s possible Brian Gutekunst asks Clay Matthews to restructure his deal, the defense is better with him than without. Even if he’s not the same elite pass rusher he once was, Matthews is still a talented player and one they should keep around.

Re-grading the 2014 draft class four years on [Lombardi Ave]

A look back at Green Bay’s 2014 draft class. It featured Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Davante Adams and Corey Linsley. Sounds good so far, right? But then there was Khyri Thornton, Carl Bradford and Jared Abbrederis.

Draft profile: Safety Derwin James [Lombardi Ave]

Some excellent analysis on one of the draft’s top safeties. How would Derwin James fit into Green Bay’s plans and Mike Pettine’s defense? Joe D’Aloisio spoke to NFL Draft Bible’s Rick Serritella to find out.

More Packers news and notes from around the internet

Packers could make free-agent splash at tight end [ – Pete Dougherty]

"If the Packers have any position that’s ripe for new general manager Brian Gutekunst to fill in free agency, it’s tight end, despite his predecessor’s big swings and misses at that position last year."

Past experience helped Mike Pettine win Packers’ DC job [Packers Wire – Zach Kruse]

How will Brian Gutekunst handle UFAs? [Cheesehead TV – Chris Wanless]

Safeties coach Darren Perry still doesn’t have a job for 2018 [Acme Packing Company – Evan “Tex” Western]

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