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Clay Matthews could earn over $13 million per year in new deal

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12:40 PM ET 04.04 | Clay Matthews could soon be one of the highest-paid defensive players in the NFL as he and the Packers are close to a contract extension which would pay him at least $13 million per season. The report, which comes from ESPN's Adam Schefter, indicates it's a matter of when and not if an extension will get done this offseason. The 26-year-old Matthews is entering the final year of his rookie contract. One of the best pass rushers in the NFL, Mathews could soon become the highest-paid linebacker in the league. Dallas' DeMarcus Ware is currently the highest-paid linebacker with an average salary of just over $11 million per season, according to Spotrac. If Schefter's report is accurate, Matthews would not only become the highest-paid linebacker, he would be one of the highest-paid players in the NFL. A contract averaging $13 million per season would put Matthews in the top 15 highest paid. He would also be the third-highest paid defensive player, trailing Buffalo's Mario Williams and Chicago's Julius Peppers.

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April 4, 2013  12:41 PM ET

Yep....He's the real deal.......

April 4, 2013  12:45 PM ET

Clay 'The Money Man' Matthews!!

April 4, 2013  12:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Yep....He's the real deal.......

he's the real deal, but you watch, a lot of the money in his next contract won't be the real deal. He'll make a lot of money, but the stuff that isn't guaranteed is never going to show up on his paycheck.

April 4, 2013  12:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

he's the real deal, but you watch, a lot of the money in his next contract won't be the real deal. He'll make a lot of money, but the stuff that isn't guaranteed is never going to show up on his paycheck.

You're probably right and the reason we're seeing so many headlines with the big numbers in them. They make for great headlines but the GMs know most of it will never be paid. Strange game.

April 4, 2013  12:54 PM ET

You would think the players would figure it out and react accordingly

April 4, 2013  12:57 PM ET

you got to be kiddin me -Donovan McNabb

April 4, 2013  12:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Yep....He's the real deal.......

He might be but is not worthy of Ware's money.

Clay has 203 tackles and 43 sacks in 4 seasons while Ware has 237 tackles and 58 sacks over the same period and is older.

If Clay is the real deal, then Ware is the REAL REAL DEAL.

April 4, 2013  01:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

You're probably right and the reason we're seeing so many headlines with the big numbers in them. They make for great headlines but the GMs know most of it will never be paid. Strange game.

Business sense.

April 4, 2013  01:10 PM ET
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He might be but is not worthy of Ware's money.Clay has 203 tackles and 43 sacks in 4 seasons while Ware has 237 tackles and 58 sacks over the same period and is older.If Clay is the real deal, then Ware is the REAL REAL DEAL.

HUMMMMM........Vontez Burfict for Cincinnati had 127 tackles and 2 sacks in his only season last year so according to your thinking he must be the REAL REAL REAL REAL Deal and Vontez was undrafted and a walk-on no other team wanted him.

April 4, 2013  01:17 PM ET

That's a lot of money for a one trick pony. Pay him all you want Green Bay! With Rodgers and Matthews gobbling up a third of their salary, there will be peanuts leftover for the rest of the roster. Good news for the rest of the division...

April 4, 2013  02:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

he's the real deal, but you watch, a lot of the money in his next contract won't be the real deal. He'll make a lot of money, but the stuff that isn't guaranteed is never going to show up on his paycheck.

Indeed! In a couple of years he will be urged to take a pay cut, or be released... See Brian Urlacher and James Harrison..

April 4, 2013  02:59 PM ET

$13M per year buys a lot of Fatheads.

April 4, 2013  03:40 PM ET

That is a shockingly bad contract idea.

April 4, 2013  04:39 PM ET
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Clay 'The Money Man' Matthews!!

Trade him as far away as you can from here! Maybe Miami or San Diego. We don't like seeing him around this division.

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April 4, 2013  07:46 PM ET
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He deserves it, but he and Rodgers will account for close to 40 million. That's a lot of moolah.

The Packers have the moolah! They have a very well run organization!!

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April 4, 2013  08:15 PM ET
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That is a ridiculous amount of money for a linebacker.I question their business and football judgments.

Oh come on!!!

April 4, 2013  08:31 PM ET

 
April 4, 2013  08:35 PM ET

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