The Denver Broncos are looking at veteran options to replace the injured Von Miller.
After potentially losing Von Miller for the season, the Broncos have been searching high and low for players who could potentially come in and add depth in the pass-rushing department. On Thursday, it was revealed that the team was looking into the services of veteran linebacker Clay Matthews.
This would have been an interesting move for the Broncos and just proves that the team may be leaving no stone unturned in search of help following the loss of the future Hall of Famer Miller.
Matthews spent 10 seasons with the Green Bay Packers before playing for the Los Angeles Rams last season. In just 13 games with the Rams last year, he still posted eight sacks.
Matthews is 34 years old now and his best days are clearly behind him, but he can still be a solid situational pass-rusher. He has 91.5 career sacks.
The word coming out of Denver was that Matthews did not want to play this season, but his agent, Ryan Williams, came out and stated that the two sides could not reach an agreement and that Matthews is willing to play in 2020.
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What that means, if true, is that John Elway likely didn’t offer Matthews what he feels he’s still worth.
The team is expected to sign linebacker Isaiah Irving and place him on the practice squad. Irving was recently waived by the Chicago Bears with an injury settlement. Undrafted out of San Jose State in 2017, Irving spent three seasons with the Bears and as a result, is familiar with Vic Fangio.
Matthews left Denver without a deal, but the Broncos could still come back with a bigger offer if they feel that he can help out this season. As stated, he was still productive last season in a reduced role. He was on the field for just 55.4 percent of the Rams’ defensive snaps.
In Denver, he might not even see that much action, which could be why Elway doesn’t want to pay out top dollar. It’s possible that the two sides could continue talks in the near future after the Broncos see exactly what they have on defense.