New England Patriots

November 17, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) moves in against Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) during the second half at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

By Ty Anderson,

In the days leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots reportedly explored the idea of going with experience over potential and signing veteran linebacker Clay Matthews.

Per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, there was “league-wide buzz” that the Patriots had considered adding Matthews after a 2019 spent with Los Angeles following a 10-year run with the Packers. And adding Matthews would have been for more than just the name, as the 34-year-old totaled a solid eight sacks (his most since 2014), 37 tackles, nine tackles for a loss, and 11 quarterback hits in 13 games.

But the idea of Matthews in Patriot Blue likely went out the window following the second-round selection of Michigan’s Josh Uche and third-round selection of the Crimson Tide’s Anfernee Jennings.

The Patriots also drafted Wyoming’s Cassh Maluia with the No. 204 overall pick at this year’s draft — and added undrafted free agent linebackers De’Jon Harris and Kyahva Tezino as part of a 15-player post-draft signing frenzy — giving them 11 linebackers signed to their roster entering training camp (whenever that happens).

Matthews is still a free agent, too, but the Patriots’ additions through the draft and obvious salary cap issues should pretty much wipe out any idea of New England revisiting a potential move for Matthews.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.