GREEN BAY, Wisc. (WBAY) Ten-year veteran Clay Matthews and eight-veteran Randall Cobb are both headed for unrestricted free agency, both playing in their final games under contract on Sunday against Detroit. Both may have walked out of that Lambeau Field tunnel for their final games as Packers.
“Just taking it in, taking in the moment,” Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb said. “Obviously not the way that I would like to walk off the field if it is the last time, but pretty much just taking in everything.”
“Obviously coming off I thought perhaps this could be my last time exiting the field,” Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews said. “That's obviously bittersweet. Made sure to give the fans some high fives, waved to my parents up in the suite, and carried on. The kids will be waiting for me, wife, family and we'll carry on as dad."
Matthews and Cobb's most productive seasons thus far, are now a few years behind them. Matthews’ heyday came in 2010, a season in which he racked up 13.5 sacks. Cobb wowed in 2014, catching 91 passes for 1287 yards and 12 touchdowns. Sunday both barely made it on the stat sheet. Cobb had one catch for 27 yards. Matthews had just one tackle.
“You’re not going to get some emotional speech out of me, but I was happy with the way I finished today (Sunday), you know, ten years I’ve put for here,” Matthews said. Hopefully it's enough to keep this thing going for the next several years, but that's out of my control.”
“What do I want? I really don't know. That's a really good question,” Cobb said. ‘ I most importantly want my decision to be for my family, and I’m going to take that into account."
Tramon Williams, a twelve-year veteran of the league, and now on his second stint with the Packers knows a bit about the uncertainty Cobb and Matthews are facing.
“Guys like that whose been a staple around here for a while is always a mystery to see when they get a little bit older how they begin to get looked at,” Packers defensive back Tramon Williams said. “We'll see. I like all those guys, so hopefully they're back.”