Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers agree to $66 million extension

Clay Matthews

Multiple sources are now reporting the two sides have come to terms on a five-year, $66 million extension that will keep Matthews in Green Bay through 2018. The Clay Matthews Nike Jersey deal is likely to include more than the $40 million in guaranteed money Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware received in 2009. Matthews was entering the final year of his contract, so the Packers wanted to get an extension done quickly. Mission accomplished. In his first 58 NFL games, the 26-year-old Matthews has racked up 42.5 sacks while consistently terrorizing opposing offenses. He is the only player in Packers franchise history to earn a Pro Bowl selection in each of his first four seasons in the NFL. While rushing the passer is certainly Matthews top duty, he is not simply a one-dimensional linebacker. The USC product is stout against the run, has only missed 17 tackles in his career (which is an incredibly low number for a guy who plays as much as he does) and he has developed into a leader. Matthews also has an impeccable record off the field. This extension, while pricey, was a no-brainer for Green Bay. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that Matthews will make more than $28 million in the next calendar year thanks to his new deal.

Report: Packers, Clay Matthews nearing long-term extension

Matthews, a first-round draft pick in 2009, is the only player in franchise history to be named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons in the league. He has notched 42.5 career sacks. “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, who totaled 13 sacks in just 12 games last season, is the first of three key players the Packers hope to secure with long-term contracts. MOCK DRAFT: Packers to pluck wideout with first pick? Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is expected to get a deal this offseason the makes him the highest player in the league. Defensive tackle B.J. Raji may also get a long-term offer. 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.

Packers lock up Matthews with new contract


The deal goes through the 2018 season. Clay Matthews and his trademark flowing hair will be in Green Bay for the long haul. (AP Photo) Matthews shared a photo of the deal being signed deal on Twitter (@ClayMatthews52). “Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!” Matthews tweeted. “It feels good,” Matthews said Wednesday during a news conference. “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, who turns just 27 in May, was worthy of being locked up for a lucrative reward.

Clay Matthews signs extension, becomes highest-paid linebacker

ESPN reported that Matthews would make $23 million this season. That still isn’t enough information to figure out what Matthews’ cap number is, but Tthere should be more than enough salary cap money to sign Rodgers.The two sides have been said to be fairly close to a deal, but there has been no indication a deal is imminent. When asked about the Rodgers deal, Matthews said, “”Hopefully thats the next order of business.” Matthews was the 26th pick in the 2009 draft out of USC, the second of two first-round picks the Packers had. In four years, he has 42 1/2 sacks, finishing in the top five in that category two of the last three seasons. He is the first Packers player to earn Pro Bowl honors in four consecutive seasons to start a career. Matthews ranks fifth in Packers history with the 42.5 career sacks and is second in post-season sacks with 7 1/2. “Im starting to get to the prime of my career,” Matthews said. “You know, I wasnt a pass-rusher at SC, I had one year and a half a year at that of rushing the quarterback, so Im still developing. Its 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 Im light years ahead of where I was that year. “And its been like that every year. Yeah, its going to continue.

Clay Matthews contract extension worth $66 million over five years

Matthews, who turns 27 this offseason, is scheduled to earn $3.77 million in cash compensation ($3.73 million base salary, $40,000 workout bonus) in 2013, the final season of his rookie contract. In addition to working on an extension for Matthews, the Packers are nearing a long-term extension with quarterback Aaron Rodgers , with the two sides reportedly being $2 million per season apart . According to Schefter, the agent for Matthews and Rodgers David Dunn would like new contracts in place by the start of the Packers’ offseason workout program, which begins on April 15. According to a source with knowledge of where each teams stands against the cap, the Packers have just under $17.8 million in cap space in 2013, which should be more than enough to get team-friendly, long-term deals done with both Rodgers and Matthews. Matthews was selected with the 26th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and has posted 42.5 sacks with seven forced fumbles, four interceptions and 22 passes defensed in 58 career games. The four-time Pro Bowler also has 7.5 sacks in eight career post-season games and is arguably coming off his most productive season in the NFL. Despite missing four games due to an injury, Matthews posted 13 sacks in 12 games and has clearly established himself as one of the top pass-rushers in the NFL. As one of the league’s elite pass-rushers, Matthews is understandably targeting the $13 million per year contract average that Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware received midway through the 2009 season, his fifth in the NFL. Matthews is entering his fifth season in the NFL in 2013.


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