Matthews’ future with the Packers has been the subject of a lot of speculation in recent years, given that his production has dipped and he carries large cap figures.
Demovsky mentions that it’s possible the Packers could ask Matthews to restructure his deal this offseason.
Matthews, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Packers back in 2009. He’s currently in the final year of his six-year, $69.73 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $10.4 million for the 2018 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing would free up $11,400,000 of available cap space while creating no dead money.
In 2017, Matthews appeared in 14 games and recorded 43 tackles, 7.5 sacks, a forced fumble, a recovery and two pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 28 edge rusher out of 107 qualifying players.