Packers make Clay Matthews the highest paid linebacker

Clay Matthews Contract Extension: Packers Sign Pro Bowl Linebacker To New Deal

Together, they could cost the Packers anywhere from $160 million to $175 million over the next six years and account for one-quarter of their salary cap space. There is tremendous risk in sinking so much money into two players in the prime of their careers – Favre and White were at different financial stages of their careers when they were together in the 1990s – because if either one of them fails to perform or suffers a significant injury, the Packers would be left holding the bag. Thompson’s philosophy is to draft, develop and retain, so in signing two proven stars he is putting an exclamation point on the job he, his scouts and the coaches have done in acquiring top talent. Devoting that much salary cap space to two players may just be the price of doing business. But it also means the Packers are going to have to wave goodbye to some other developing players as the years go on and Rodgers’ and Matthews’ salary cap numbers go up. Jermichael Finley? B.J. Raji? James Jones? Sam Shields? Morgan Burnett?

Clay Matthews signs extension

With Matthews’ deal done, the Packers can turn all of their attention to Rodgers, whose extension is expected to make him the highest-paid player in the league. Agent David Dunn represents Matthews and Rodgers, as well as defensive tackle B.J. Raji. “Hopefully, that’s the next order of business,” Matthews said about Rodgers’ extension. “Being good friends with him, represented by the same agent, who knows, hopefully that’s sooner than later.” Matthews said he didn’t think the team would be hamstrung by big contracts for its two biggest stars, and that the team’s draft-and-develop philosophy would keep it competitive. “One thing this organization does well. I know we catch a little heat sometimes that we like to build through the draft and develop our players and we’ve done a great job of that,” Matthews said. “Our free agents are the ones who were up on their contracts. It’s no different than Aaron, myself or whoever’s up next. I’ll leave that to them, but for the most part we’ve had some success here over the last few years in maintaining keep players and I don’t see it to be any different.” 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 visit website in the 2009 draft.

Clay Matthews, Packers agree on long-term extension

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. If beating the Ware contract is the goal, Matthews will also be seeking over $45 million in “new money” over the first three seasons of the deal along with over $40 million in guaranteed money. Pagination

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. He has 204 tackles, seven forced fumbles and four interceptions in 58 career games since being drafted out of USC. “Congratulations to Clay, who has quickly developed into a core member of our team,” coach Mike McCarthy said in a statement. “His accomplishments and the example he sets on and off the field will be vital to our continued success.

Report: Packers, Clay Matthews nearing long-term extension

“Being good friends with him, represented by the same agent, who knows, hopefully that’s sooner than later.” Matthews said he didn’t think the team would be hamstrung by big contracts for its two biggest stars, and that the team’s draft-and-develop philosophy would keep it competitive. “One thing this organization does well. I know we catch a little heat sometimes that we like to build through the draft and develop our players and we’ve done a great job of that,” Matthews said. “Our free agents are the ones who were up on their contracts. It’s no different than Aaron, myself or whoever’s up next. I’ll leave that to them, but for the most part we’ve had some success here over the last few years in maintaining keep players and I don’t see it to be any different.” 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. But the 26-year-old’s price tag has gone up considerably as he has become one of the top linebackers in the NFL. He had 42 sacks in his first four seasons, fifth-best in the NFL during that span. He has finished in the top five in the league in sacks in two of the last three seasons, with 13 in 2010 and 13 in 2012.

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