Clay Matthews will miss Jay Cutler as Bears QB

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, who won’t have quarterback Jay Cutler to knock around anymore, said he’ll miss playing against him.

Cutler retired after he was released by the Bears after the 2016 season.

“Obviously, he rubbed some fans the wrong way,” Matthews said on NFL Network’s ‘‘Rich Eisen Show.’’ “I know people get on him about his nonchalant attitude, but I always enjoyed playing against him.

‘‘I’m glad I got a lot of sacks against him. I’ll miss that the most. But hopefully the next in line in Chicago will be equally as willing to help me pad my stats.”

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is sacked by Packers linebacker Clay Matthews on December 16, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. | David Banks/Getty Images

Matthews and the Packers obviously enjoyed lining up against Cutler, who had a 2-10 record as a Bear against the franchise’s archrivals.

In May, Cutler was asked on Colin Cowherd’s radio show if he’d play for the Packers if they were interested.

“Honestly, if the Green Bay Packers called, I’m probably not going to do it,” Cutler said. “I don’t think they would ever call me, but I’d probably have to pass.”

Cutler was hired by Fox Sports as a broadcast analyst for the 2017 season. He’ll be paired with Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis.

His successor at quarterback, Mike Glennon, has never faced the Packers.

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