Just a few years ago, former USC linebacker Clay Matthews was one of the most fearsome pass rushers in the NFL, but his production has slowly started to dip.
However, Matthews still gets paid like an All-Pro, which is why he landed on a recent list of the NFL’s most overpaid players, from USA Today’s Steven Ruiz.
Matthews landed at No. 2 on the list, behind on only Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco. Matthews’ 2017 cap hit of $15.07 ranks behind only Von Miller and Justin Houston at the OLB position, both of whom are much more productive than Matthews at this point.
Here’s what Ruiz wrote about Matthews:
Matthews’ days as an elite pass rusher are long over. You wouldn’t know it by looking at his salary. The only outside linebackers making more than him are Justin Houston and Von Miller. Green Bay could have saved a lot of money by moving on from Matthews but decided not to. We’ll see if the gamble pays off, but conventional wisdom suggests it won’t. His play has declined and he’s now on the wrong side of 30.
Injuries limited him to only 12 games last season, where he posted career lows in sacks (5) and tackles (20).