Packers make Clay Matthews the NFL’s highest-paid linebacker

Clay Matthews signs extension

Agent David Dunn represents Matthews and Rodgers, as well as defensive tackle B.J. Raji. ETC. NASCAR punishes Penske Racing NASCAR came down hard with far-reaching penalties against Penske Racing on Wednesday, with six-race suspensions for seven crew members of defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano along with $200,000 in fines for bringing unapproved parts to Texas Motor Speedway for last weekend’s race. Each driver and car owner was docked 25 championship points, dropping Keselowski from second to fourth in the Cup standings and Logano from ninth 14th. Along with the steep fines, Keselowski crew chief Paul Wolfe and Logano crew chief Todd Gordon were suspended for the next six championship points races and placed on probation for the rest of the calendar year. Also suspended and put on probation were Travis Geisler, who serves as team manager for both cars, and the individual car chiefs and team engineers for the two cars. NASCAR also announced penalties for Martin Truex Jr. and Ron Hornaday Jr., but the Penske suspensions were by far the biggest news of the day. Penske Racing vowed to appeal, a move that would put any suspensions on hold.

2013 Fantasy Football IDP Sleeper: OLB Clay Matthews

Clay Matthews

He was one of the most promising defensive options and was flying up keeper lists. However, he has slipped drastically in 2013 rankings and has even been ranked behind linebackers such as Curtis Lofton and Derrick Johnson this off-season. Matthews started his 2012 season off by recording a ridiculous six sacks through his first two games. However, he followed it up by recording just three sacks in his next seven contests (Week 3 Week 15). Matthews disappeared in the middle of the season and left several fantasy owners scrambling down the stretch to find a reliable fantasy linebacker. Matthews still finished the year with a respectable 13 sacks, though, but many were expecting more from the former USC standout. The outside linebacker even recorded a career-low 43 tackles last season, which was seemingly an exclamation point on his medicare season. Including the playoffs, Matthews racked up seven sacks and 21 tackles in the teams last five games. He got over his mid-season slump and proved to be utterly unblockable down the stretch for the Cheeseheads. It may have proven to be too little too late for 2013 IDP owners, but it is certainly promising looking ahead to 2014. Matthews may not be the number one linebacker in fantasy anymore, but he is easily a top-five option.

Midweek Movie: Clay Matthews AKA The Claymaker

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Seifert: Smart Move by Pack Elite pass-rushers are a coveted commodity so the Packers made the right move extending Clay Matthews now rather than waiting until his contract expired, Kevin Seifert writes. Blog A source close to the deal told ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell that Matthews will receive $22 million by the end of 2013 and $27 million in the next 12 months. “It feels good,” Matthews said Wednesday during a news conference inside the Packers locker room. “It’s funny, because not a whole lot has changed. I’m happy about it, but for me, it’s nice, it’s very humbling and it’s a blessing, but it’s business as usual for me. I’m glad that they have put their trust in me and belief in me in awarding me this, but at the same time you’re going to get the same type of unwavering perseverance on the field and dedication that I’m going to bring day in and day out. I feel good but not much has changed. Matthews tweeted a picture of himself signing the contract before it was officially announced by the team. He wrote: “Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!” Matthews was set to earn a base of $3.73 million this season in the final year of his rookie deal, signed after the Packers made him the 26th pick in the 2009 draft “Clay has been a productive member of our team and we are pleased to be able to come to an agreement that will extend his Packers career,” general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement. Matthews, 26, has 42.5 sacks in his four seasons with the Packers, including 13 last season.

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