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Packers, Clay Matthews agree to 5-year extension

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03:40 PM ET 04.17 | Clay Matthews will be staying in Green Bay for quite some time. The Packers and Matthews agreed to a long-term contract extension on Wednesday, with Matthews taking to Twitter to break the news himself. Matthews' extension is for five seasons, and carries an average annual value north of $13 million, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer. The deal makes Matthews the highest-paid linebacker in the NFL, exceeding DeMarcus Ware's average annual salary of $11 million. Further details of Matthews contract, including bonuses and guaranteed money, are currently unknown. Matthews entrenched himself as the heart and soul of Green Bay's defense ever since the Packers selected him with the No. 26 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Matthews has been named to the NFC's Pro Bowl roster in each of his four seasons in the NFL and has twice been named an All-Pro (2010, 2012). Matthews was the 2010 NFC Defensive Player of the Year as well, after recording 60 tackles and 13.5 sacks in 15 games. Few linebackers in the league have a resume as impressive as Matthews. In addition to all the accolades and awards, Matthews helped lead the Packers to a Super Bowl title in 2011.

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April 17, 2013  03:49 PM ET

Good ball player, hope he forgets he just got that money and continues to play the way he has been.

April 17, 2013  04:18 PM ET

With Rodgers and Matthews eating up a third of their salary, this is great news for the rest of the NFC North. Packers will keep declining...

April 17, 2013  04:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

With Rodgers and Matthews eating up a third of their salary, this is great news for the rest of the NFC North. Packers will keep declining...

Hoping you're right....

DA BEARS!

April 17, 2013  04:57 PM ET

His hair should get REALLY long by then.

April 17, 2013  05:10 PM ET

in 2 years they will force him to take a pay cut or release him.

April 17, 2013  08:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

in 2 years they will force him to take a pay cut or release him.

Then he'll be a Jet!!

April 17, 2013  09:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Then he'll be a Jet!!

J-E-T-S...JETS...JETS...JETS

April 17, 2013  09:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Then he'll be a Jet!!

I think Sarge just messed himself with that one.

April 18, 2013  07:05 AM ET

$65 million to Clay Matthews... another $100+ million to Aaron Rodgers...

The 21st century financial ruin of the Green Bay Packers is upon us.

April 18, 2013  09:54 AM ET

Ugh. way too much for Matthews... This will not end well.

April 18, 2013  11:34 AM ET

Ted Thompson, meet Cap Hell. Cap Hell, meet Ted Thompson.

April 18, 2013  12:01 PM ET

Long Term extensions are the beginning of The End of a Players Career!!! Too Bad!

 
April 18, 2013  12:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

With Rodgers and Matthews eating up a third of their salary, this is great news for the rest of the NFC North. Packers will keep declining...

Actually, the Packers have the cap room this year and next and front loaded $28 million of his guaranteed money in the first two years. It really has no effect on their cap going forward. After that he only has $3 million guaranteed coming so they can cut him if they want then. I think the will do the same with Rogers soon, as in front load some money on a new deal now.

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