Rams, LB Matthews agree on two-year deal

After 10 seasons in Green Bay, linebacker Clay Matthews is returning home to Southern California.

The six-time Pro Bowl selection and Packers franchise leader in career sacks is joining the Los Angeles Rams as a free agent. Matthews made the news public with a new profile picture on his Twitter profile: him sporting the No. 52 in a Rams uniform.

The Rams then tweeted that they have indeed agreed on a two-year deal with Matthews. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported the deal is worth a maximum of $16.75 million -- less than other offers for Matthews, per Garafolo, but family considerations and a shot at a championship outweighed the increased money from other clubs.

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A Southern California native born in Northridge, Matthews starred in college at USC before the Packers selected him with the 26th overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. He quickly made a name for himself with both his level of play and his famed sack celebrations.

He had 10 sacks as a rookie, making the 2009 All-Rookie Team. He had a career-high 13.5 the following year, a season which ended with the Packers defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.

In all, Matthews has 83.5 sacks in his career, though his production has slowed in recent seasons. He has not had double-digit sacks since registering 11 in 2014, the fifth of his six Pro Bowl seasons.

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CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 16: Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) battles in action during an NFL game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears on December 16, 2018 at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
IRVINE, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Clay Matthews Poses for a Portrait on February 11, 2009 in Irvine, California. (Football Pose) (Photo By Brand Affinity Technologies, Inc. via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25, 2009: Linebacker Clay Matthews Jr. #52 of the Green Bay Packers warms up prior to a game on October 25, 2009 against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Green Bay won 31-3. 09-07129052 (Photo by: Tom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews - December 6, 2010. Flex Defense - Packers LB Clay Matthews is turning nonstop energy into over-the-top production. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09: Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Packers defeated the Eagles 21 to 16. (Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09: Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers flexes his muscles after sacking Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Packers defeated the Eagles 21 to 16. (Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews reacts after sacking Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder and causing a fumble during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, in Green Bay, Wis. The Vikings recovered the fumble. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews flips his hair after getting it wet before an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews (52) reacts after sacking Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews is introduced before the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) and teammates sit on the bench during the closing minutes of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
21 DEC 2014: Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52) attempts to get the attention of Buccaneers lineman Oniel Cousins (75) during the regular season game between the Green Bay Packers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 3: Inside linebacker Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers walks out to the field prior to playing the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 3, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews sacks St. Louis Rams quarterback Nick Foles during the second half an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers won 24-10. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
Houston Texans' Brock Osweiler scrambles to get away from Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews (52) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews celebrates a sack of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews acknowledges fans as he leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers won 35-14. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 16: Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) runs in action during an NFL game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears on December 16, 2018 at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Green Bay Packers Linebacker Clay Matthews (52) waits for the snap during the Green Bay Packers versus the New York Jets game on December 23, 2018, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 30: Green Bay Packers Linebacker Clay Matthews (52) looks back for a signal during a game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on December 30, 2018 in Green Bay, WI. (Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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The Rams, the NFC champions last season, aren't exactly hurting for pass rushers. Reigning two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald led the NFL with 20.5 sacks last season. The team also re-signed edge rusher Dante Fowler to a one-year contract earlier this month. The team acquired him in a trade-deadline deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season.

--Field Level Media

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