4. Bring back Clay Matthews
This is a move that makes so much sense.
I wrote an article earlier this offseason about why the Packers should pick up the phone and bring back Clay Matthews. And it’s still a move that would be great for everyone. For the Packers, they add much-needed depth at two positions. Matthews can line up at edge rusher, as we all know, but equally, he played some valuable snaps at inside linebacker back in 2014 and 2015.
For Matthews, he’d get a chance to return to the team that drafted him and where he won a Super Bowl. He could potentially end his career with the Packers, while also helping them push for another championship.
The Packers moved on from Matthews because they no longer saw him as their top edge rusher. And it was the right move. But if he returned, he wouldn’t be asked to play that role. Green Bay’s defense already features two star edge rushers in Za’Darius and Preston Smith. Second-year Rashan Gary will also have an increased role.
Matthews would add more experience and depth. And he’s still a capable pass rusher having put up eight sacks with the Los Angeles Rams last season. Should Christian Kirksey miss any time with injury, he can also fill in at inside linebacker.
Make it happen, Brian Gutekunst.