Clay Matthews has represented the Green Bay Packers franchise ever since being drafted by the team in 2009, but we could very well see a separation between the two sides in the near future.


Matthews, a 32-year-old outside linebacker, is an unrestricted free agent in 2019, and with the Packers currently redefining their identity as a franchise under new head coach Matt LaFleur, it's possible that Matthews just doesn't fit into the new scheme of things.


As such, Green Bay's general manager, Brian Gutekunst, suggested that the linebacker's time as a Packer may be coming to a close. He indicated that the team Matthews will be helping with his play on the field next season may not be the one he has played for over the last decade. 

Although Matthews is aging, he has still shown signs of strong production as recently as 2017, when the linebacker tallied eight sacks and 44 total tackles. Matthews brings more to a team than just his performance on the field, as well, as his leadership in the locker room is a trait you simply can't teach


While it's quite possible Matthews may not be returning to Green Bay next season, his leadership abilities and potential to produce on the field are sure to make him a top free agent target for many teams needing to fill a roster hole on the edge.

Matthews has been one of the team leaders for the Packers for years, and as such, seeing him leave Green Bay behind would be quite an odd sight for many NFL fans. However, with a need to turn the page after two campaigns outside the playoffs looking in, the time may have arrived to move on from the iconic playmaker.