Clay Matthews always believed he'd play his entire career with the Green Bay Packers.
When he left after 10 years to play a season with the Los Angeles Rams, Matthews still thought he'd end his career with the Packers.
"I would have loved to finish my career there," Matthews said. "Based on my discussions after that 2018 season, I thought we were going to continue moving forward. But yeah the manner in which it did kinda caught me by surprise. Ultimately it is what it is. I had fun in my year in L.A. It was a blast getting to go home and play with some incredible players."
Matthews said after the 2018 season the Packers told him he would still be in their plans. However, once they signed pass-rushers Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith in free agency, he knew it was over.
He is the Packers' all-time sack leader.
"Everyone knows me from my time in Green Bay," said Matthews, who had 83.5 of his 91.5 career sacks with the Packers. "The 10 years I played with the Packers were a lot more than the one year I played with the Rams."