Sources: Clay Matthews To File Complaint Against Rams For Debt

Linebacker Clay Matthews will file a complaint against the Los Angeles Rams for $ 2 million unpaid in guarantees, sources told ESPN.

Former Rams defensive back and running back Todd Gurley II, who were cut by the team on March 19, publicly aired their frustration at the lack of payments and Matthews took action on it by submitting his case to the Players Association of the NFL, which officially filed the complaint on his behalf.

Matthews’ two-year deal with the Rams included $ 5.5. millions in guarantees and the $ 2 million owed to him are for appearing on the roster.


Matthews is a free agent and since his $ 2 million compensation is based on a deal with a new team, the Rams could wait to see where the linebacker signs before paying him, but Matthews, 33, believes the money is owed to him. pay now.

A source involved in the situation said the Rams could argue that the language in the Gurley and Matthews contracts allows payments to be deferred in the short term for tax purposes.

It is not clear whether Gurley plans to file a complaint. The Rams owe the broker $ 7.55 million for a roster bonus, but compensation language in the contract can reduce that payment by $ 2.5 million.

Gurley agreed to a one-year, $ 5.5 contract. million with the Atlanta Falcons shortly after being cut by the Rams. The runner must pass a physical examination to finalize the agreement.

“Definitely they are owed money. That money is guaranteed and we are going to pay them, ”Les Snead, Rams general manager, told the NFL Network before the draft. “There is language in the contract that indicates exactly when they will be paid and that is what we adhere to. What I do know is that Clay and Todd made that money and are going to get it. ”