The possibility of Clay Matthews III joining the Cleveland Browns remains a possibility and Mary Kay Kabot thinks he’ll be available for a discount.
Fans of their favorite football teams are writing article after article about why their team should go get the aging veteran. Clay Matthews III, despite being 33 years old, is still a piece many teams want for their squad. Why wouldn’t they? His father played, effectively one might add, well into his 40’s. So his son, still in his early 30’s, should still have something left in those legs. This is why fans of the Browns are hoping the team pursues the son of a Cleveland legend.
Mary Kay Kabot, a writer for Cleveland.com, recently wrote in one of her columns that she thinks that the Browns should have interest in Matthews and that he could be had at a discount due to his age. That might make the Browns a team Matthews might be interested in if he wants another year of pro football.
"Matthews, 33, had a productive season with the Rams last year, and would definitely be worth exploring. In 13 starts on the edge, he had eight sacks, two forced fumbles and three passes defensed. He’s versatile enough to play inside or out, and would immediately challenge for a starting position. What’s more, the Browns could probably get him at a bargain basement price, and I’m sure he’d love to play where his father Clay Jr. produced a Hall-of-Fame caliber career. Browns GM Andrew Berry has said he’ll aggressively look to add more talent, and this is one veteran — and six-time Pro Bowler — he should definitely explore. The Browns could also use Matthews’ excellent leadership and mentorship on defense."
The truth is that a lot of fans want big names to come to their town because it’s exciting. Rarely though is the fit good. That’s not the case here. Matthews at his age is still one of the more scary pass rushers in the league and the team could easily plug him into the defense. He fits not only an on-field need but also a locker room need.
His leadership, skill set, and lineage with the organization make Matthews the perfect free agent hire. Oh, and with the idea of him possibly coming in on-the-cheap, he could be signed to a two or three-year deal without costing much money down the line.
It’s literally the perfect fit. Let’s just hope Matthews III sees it too.