Aaron Rodgers has been the talk of the offseason for Green Bay Packers fans because he's due for a contract extension. However, the Packers don't have to re-sign him right away due to the fact he has two years remaining on his current deal. The same thing can't be said about Clay Matthews who is entering the final year of his contract. And while some say Matthews is not the same player he was in 2014, which was the last season he recorded double-digit sacks, it would be a mistake for the Packers to let him sign with another team in 2019.

Last season, Matthews recorded 7.5 sacks and 21 quarterback hits which led the team. That's not what Packers fans wanted to see from Matthews, but he was one of the better pass rushers in the league. Pro Football Focus said Matthews was one of the five best in the NFL when it comes to converting pressures into sacks. Matthews converted 25.6 percent of his pressures into sacks which was the NFL's fifth-best percentage.

Earlier this year, the Packers hired Mike Pettine to be the new defensive coordinator and Rob Demovsky of ESPN said Pettine could build the defense around Matthews which is what they did when they drafted him in 2009. Pettine likes Matthews as a player because he can play multiple positions on defense.

“The first thing that jumps out is his versatility,” Pettine said back in February. “This is a guy that can play on the edge, he can rush inside. He’s had a good season playing inside linebacker [in 2014-15], and I’ve always believed in having those versatile, hybrid-type players.”

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Matthews spent more time at inside linebacker than outside in 2015 and he was selected to the Pro Bowl. It would not be a surprise to see Matthews lineup as an inside linebacker this year depending on the situation.

“One, a guy that can play multiple positions can give you depth so that if you have an injury … you can put a guy in, move him around,” Pettine said when giving his two reasons why he would like to move Matthews around. “So when you have versatile guys, that adds depth. And the other thing is from an identification standpoint on the other side of the ball that they don’t clearly see, he’s always this position, that guy’s always the strong safety, that guy’s always the free [safety]. When you can move guys around and trade jobs, not just within game but week to week, because a big part of offense is identifying who the rushers are and what positions they’re playing. When you have guys like that, the creative part, you can do a lot more with those players.”

Matthews, the Packers' all-time leader in sacks with 80, is still one of the team's best defenders. The Packers don't need to sign him to a long-term deal, but bringing him back for one or two seasons will be beneficial to a group that is looking to get younger. Packers fans want to see more from Matthews this season, but he's still making plays and he will be a vital member of the defense in 2019 as guys like Vince Biegel and Reggie Gilbert continue to develop.