Clay Matthews wanted to return to Packers in 2021

Remember when Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers supposedly launched an effort to bring back linebacker Clay Matthews in 2021 supposedly was a joke? It definitely wasn’t a joke to Matthews.

Via Rob Demovsky of, Matthews recently said that he did indeed hope to return to the Packers in 2021, after not playing in 2020 following his release by the Rams.

“I would have loved to finish my career there,” Matthews said Monday. “Based on my discussions after that 2018 season, I thought we were going to continue moving forward.

But yeah the manner in which it did kinda caught me by surprise. Ultimately it is what it is.

 I had fun in my year in L.A. It was a blast getting to go home and play with some incredible players.”

The Rams cut Matthews after the 2019 season. There was scattered interest, but not enough to get Matthews to essentially work for free, since the Rams owed him $2 million guaranteed for the 2020 season.

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