Matthews deserved the distinction but thats not the only reason why Thompson did it, he did it because its good business. There are two things that cost more than anything in the NFL :quarterbacks and pass-rushers. You need to have both to win championships, and if you get one as good as Matthews, you have to keep him, no matter what the cost. Like any general manager, Thompson has made some good decisions and some bad ones. The decision to trade up and draft Matthews with the 26th pick of the 2009 NFL Draft was one of his finest (just behind taking a free-falling quarterback from Cal back in 2005), and so was signing him to a contract extension. Regardless of what people want to say about the Packers defenseand trust me, a lot has been said and not much of it good this offseasonas long as Matthews is on it, the potential to wreak havoc and turn it into a championship-caliber defense exists. As important as Aaron Rodgers is to Green Bay offensively, Matthews is equally important to the defense. Last season in the four games he missed, the defense allowed 5.5 yards per carry. When he returned, that average dipped back down to 3.38 yards per carry. Coincidence? I think not.
Packers lock up Matthews with new contract
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. No one has the ability to burst to the quarterback like Matthews and you can expect to see his name at the top of the sack list all season long, so draft him accordingly this year.
Clay Matthews reportedly close to big-money deal with Packers
Two weeks after reports began circling the Packers were nearing an agreement with the four-time Pro Bowl player, Matthews tweeted a photo of himself signing his new five-year extension with the team on Wednesday afternoon. “Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!” Matthews wrote. The Packers have been working the past few weeks on extensions Clay Matthews Jersey At Kohls for both Matthews and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. There was some thought the two deals could get done at simultaneously given both players are represented by David Dunn. However, a league source recently told Press-Gazette Media an agreement with Matthews appeared to be further along than Rodgers, whose camp continues to negotiate a deal that likely will make him the highest-paid player in NFL history. The only player in team history to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first four NFL seasons, Matthews was entering the final season of the five-year rookie contract he signed with the Packers when they selected him 26th overall in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Matthews ranks fifth in team history (since 1982) with the 42 1/2 career sacks and No. 2 in franchise postseason annals with 7 1/2 career sacks. He has registered three 10-sack seasons (No. 3 in team history) and two or more sacks in nine games (No.
2013 Fantasy Football IDP Sleeper: OLB Clay Matthews
It won’t be clear how much Matthews counts against the salary cap until full details of the contract become available. NFL Network reported that Matthews would make $28 million in the next calendar year, which includes the start of the 2014 football year when he’s expected to receive a large roster bonus or escalator. ESPN reported that Matthews would make $23 million this season but did not say how much would be prorated over the length of the deal. Matthews, a first-round pick from USC in 2009, will be 32 when the deal expires, so there’s no reason to believe he has topped out. In fact, he said that despite having 42 sacks in four years and showing to be as good defending the run as rushing the passer, he can improve a lot. “You know, I wasn’t a pass-rusher at SC; I had one year and a half a year at that of rushing the quarterback, so I’m still developing,” he said. “It’s funny how in 2012, I thought I had my best year. “And during this last year, I went back and watched that, and I think I’m light years ahead of where I was that year. And it’s been like that every year. Yeah, it’s going to continue.
Packers make Clay Matthews the highest paid linebacker
ESPN reports the team is closing in on locking up outside linebacker Clay Matthews with a new contract that is expected to pay him more than $13 million a season. At the same time, the Packers are still looking to take care of quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the long term. Rodgers is expected to get somewhere near $24 million a season. Clay Matthews could haul in more than $13 million per season with his reported new contract. (AP Photo) Unlike Rodgers however, whose current deal expires in 2015, Matthews would become an unrestricted free agent in 2014. While there’s a greater priority on getting a deal done for their franchise passer, Matthews isn’t far behind as one of the league’s most irreplaceable edge pass rushers. At 26, Matthews has played four exceptional seasons as a 2009 first-rounder and has plenty left in the tank with his high-motor, highly-productive play. When he’s not getting to opposing quarterbacks (42 career sacks), Matthews has been a most disruptive force elsewhere on the field. While Rodgers already has enjoyed one extension that was set to pay him $9.25 million for 2013, in comparison, Matthews is a short-term bargain, due $3.73 million for this season. The Packers let wide receiver Greg Jennings in free agency because they couldn’t afford to give him the $9 million annually the Minnesota Vikings did and still give both Matthews and Rodgers what they want (and deserve).