NFL Free Agency: Former Green Bay Packers star Clay Matthews joins LA Rams, as does QB Blake Bortles

Former Packers star Clay Matthews joins the LA Rams
Former Packers star Clay Matthews joins the LA Rams

The Los Angeles Rams are not resting on their Super Bowl appearances from last season, as they added Clay Matthews to their crop of free agency signings.

The Rams have re-signed outside linebacker Dante Fowler and added veteran safety Eric Weddle, while also signing former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles as back-up to Jared Goff.

On the flip side, Lamarcus Joyner has left to join the Oakland Raiders and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is set to move on after just a year on the team.

Californian Matthews returns to the state after spending a decade at Green Bay and becoming the team's sacks leader and six-time Pro Bowler.

One of the most recognisable, and best, defensive players in the league during his time, Matthews is signing a two-year deal with the Rams worth around $17m.

The 32-year-old had better offers elsewhere, but the prospect of returning to his native California, and the prospect of helping an elite team trying to return to the Super Bowl, prompted him to join the Rams.

A former Super Bowl winner with Green Bay, Matthews will bring a wealth of experience and leadership skills to the Rams defence despite being past his prime - he had his lowest sacks total of his career last season.

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