Ex-Packers LB Matthews to Rams on 2-year deal

After a decade with the Green Bay Packers, linebacker Clay Matthews has agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Rams on a two-year contract, the Rams announced Tuesday night.

The deal is worth a maximum of $16.75 million, the NFL Network reported. Matthews had more lucrative offers on the table but wanted to play close to home, according to the report.

Matthews, who grew up in Southern California and walked on at USC, signaled his return to Los Angeles on his Twitter account.

The Packers’ career sack leader with 83.5, Matthews registered only 3.5 sacks last season, the lowest single-season total of his career. That was despite playing in all 16 games in the final season of a five-year, $66 million contract.

A 2009 first-round pick (26th overall), Matthews made the Pro Bowl six times in his first nine seasons. He was a first-team All-Pro in 2010, when he was the runner-up to Steelers safety Troy Polamalu for Defensive Player of the Year.

Matthews, 32, has 11 sacks in 15 career playoff games, the most in franchise postseason history and tied for fifth in NFL playoff history.

Although he has primarily played outside linebacker and edge rusher, he spent parts of the 2014 and 2015 seasons as an inside linebacker.

ESPN’s Rob Demovsky contributed to this report.

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