The Denver Broncos, with linebacker Von Miller out for an extended period of time, attempted to sign veteran linebacker Clay Matthews, but the two sides failed to reach an agreement, Matthews’ agent said Thursday.
A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the Broncos had been told Matthews “wouldn’t play,” leading to speculation that he would retire. However, Matthews’ agent Ryan Williams released a statement saying this was not the case.
“We recently had communications with the Broncos, as we have done with other teams during this offseason. We had the impression that the communication would remain private, but as it didn’t, let me be clear: we weren̵
Matthews also on Twitter to say that “NEVER” said he would not ring.
Matthews became a free agent when the Los Angeles Rams released him on March 19. In April, he filed a claim against the Rams for $ 2 million in unpaid guarantees, sources told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
Broncos manager Vic Fangio said Wednesday that Miller will soon undergo surgery to repair an ankle tendon injury sustained during the last game of practice on Tuesday. Miller was brought in for an MRI on Tuesday afternoon and is scheduled to seek another opinion from Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Thursday. Other surgeons should have consulted with Miller after seeing the MRI results as well.
Right now, the Broncos will be looking to Malik Reed, who entered the roster as an unscheduled rookie last season, and veteran Jeremiah Attaochu to share shots in place of Miller’s outside linebacker. Complicating matters is that Bradley Chubb, who is returning from last year’s ACL surgery, will likely have his limited shots, at least early in the season.
Matthews, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, joined the Rams on a two-year deal last offseason after a 10-year stint with the Green Bay Packers.
Matthews, 35, played 13 games last season and had eight layoffs, the most since 2014. He was sidelined for three games after suffering a broken jaw in week five against the Seahawks.
He has 91.5 sacks in his 11-season career and is the Packers career sack leader with 83.5.
Chosen in the 2009 first round (26th overall), Matthews was a first-team All-Pro in 2010 when he was Troy Polamalu’s runner-up for Steelers safety as Defensive of the Year.
Matthews has 11 layoffs in 15 career playoff games, the most in Packers post-season history, and finished fifth in NFL playoff history.
ESPN’s Jeff Legwold and Lindsey Thiry contributed to this report.