Report: Free-agent LB Matthews won’t play in 2020
The Denver Broncos were considering signing free-agent linebacker Clay Matthews, but were told he was not going to play this season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Broncos are scrambling to replace star linebacker Von Miller, who suffered a potentially season-ending ankle injury near the end of Tuesday’s practice.
Miller, 31, is expected to meet with noted foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wis., on Thursday for a second opinion. Miller is in the fifth year of a six-year, $114 million deal he signed in July 2016.
Matthews, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, was cut by the Rams in March with one season remaining on a two-year, $9.25 million deal.
Matthews, 34, had 37 tackles and eight sacks last season and has 519 stops (130 for losses), 91.5 sacks, 17 forced fumbles, six interceptions and five fumble recoveries in 156 career games (150 starts) over 11 seasons with the Green Bay Packers (2009-18) and the Rams.
It will be tough for the Broncos to replace Miller. The eight-time Pro Bowl and three-time All-Pro selection has a franchise-record 106 sacks in nine seasons since Denver made him the No. 2 overall choice of the 2011 NFL Draft. Miller also has 490 tackles, 26 forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries and two interceptions.
–Field Level Media