4. Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers
The Los Angeles Rams acquired Dante Fowler Jr., from the Jacksonville Jaguars in October, in exchange for a 2019 third-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick.
A big reason why the Rams made this move was to bolster an already extremely talented defensive front, which included Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh. Furthermore, it was just another transaction made to make the Rams a Super Bowl contender.
Fowler played in a combined15 games between Jacksonville and Los Angeles. He compiled 30 tackles, five tackles for a loss, four sacks and two forced fumbles. In the postseason, he added 12 tackles, four tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks.
Fowler will only be 25-years old at the start of next season and has plenty of football left in the tank. Because of his age and overall skill set, Fowler will attract a ton of attention. More importantly, his price tag will likely be too high for the Rams.
A good replacement would be veteran outside linebacker Clay Matthews. Mathews played his entire career in Green Bay. Since 2009, he has accumulated 494 tackles, 83.5 sacks, 15 forced fumbles and six interceptions.
Last season Matthews had a down year. He only compiled 43 tackles and 3.5 sacks. However, he did play in all 16 games for the first time since 2015. Given his age a production decline, the Rams could snag him on a cheap one or two year deal.
For Matthews, he’d return to playing at the Coliseum, where he was once a star while attending USC. He would instantly become a vocal leader in the locker room and still be able to make plays on the field.