By BOB McGINN
Great football players, and Clay Matthews certainly was one, aren’t supposed to depart their only team after 10 seasons without a fuss of some kind.
A generation ago, before unfettered free agency, a player like Matthews probably never would have left the Green Bay Packers even if he had played 19 NFL seasons like his father, Clay, and his uncle, Bruce.
In Packers history, Matthews might rank as their third best linebacker behind Ray Nitschke and Dave Robinson. Clearly, he was their best in the last 40 years ahead of Tim Harris, John Anderson, Brian Williams, Bryce Paup...
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