Packers linebacker Clay Matthews opposes locker-room cameras
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 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.
Clay Matthews cap details: Rise over time
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 browse 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).
Clay Matthews contract extension worth $66 million over five years
Join the conversation The video won’t be available to the networks broadcasting games. You might think that a wildly popular player who recently signed a five-year, $66 million contract extension should just zip it, and accept the, uh, voyeurism as an occupational hazard. Matthews, though, offers a reason for being hypersensitive to privacy issues. “Three people have followed me home,” he said, referring to overzealous fans who sought autographs or other attention. “It’s scary. You have to heed all of that.” It might comfort Matthews a bit to know that the Packers like every home team will control how the cameras are used and how the content is collected, edited and ultimately distributed throughout the stadium. Cameras won’t be installed in the visiting locker rooms. The league installed the policy without input from the NFL Players Association, which may raise questions on the grounds that workplace changes were made and not collectively bargained. When the NFL’s plan became public in April, an NFLPA official called for players to provide feedback, but it is unclear whether that resulted in a significant amount of expressed opposition. Union officials have yet to respond to requests from USA TODAY Sports for comment. Recently, Sports Business Journal polled nearly two dozen teams and reported that many don’t have a plan for the cameras.
Clay Matthews reportedly close to big-money deal with Packers
Matthews was due to make $3.73 million in the final year of his contract, which is added to the $66 million total to make his total haul as $69.73 million. Contract values are based on the new money added, so it is still considered a five-year, $66 million deal. The franchise tag for linebackers this year was $9.619 million. Matthews is now the highest-paid player in Packers history based on his season average, surpassing quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ $10.83 million per year. That will be short-lived given Rodgers is on deck for a contract extension.. He’s expected to sign a deal worth between $20-$25 million per year. A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Matthews was due a huge increase, especially with just one year left on his contract. The Packers were not going to let him get any closer to free agency than this off-season for fear he might take his chances on the free market next year. It was apparent as early as the scouting combine in February that the Packers and Matthews were close on the average salary per year, but it took time for them to finish the details. At the same time, Matthews’ agents, Athletes First, has been also negotiating Rodgers’ extension, which is supposed to make him the highest-paid player in the NFL. The Packers had $17.45 million worth of salary cap space going into the day.
The deal, technically a six-year document worth $69.7 million because it was tacked on to Matthews’ previous contract, counts $6.7 million against the Packers’ 2013 cap. Matthews was already set to count $4.9 million under the old deal, so at the moment the Packers still have about $15.7 million in cap space remaining. Matthews The cap hit reaches its height in 2017, when the deal will count $15.2 million in cap dollars, before dropping a bit in 2018 when the five-year limit on pro-ration ends. Here are the annual cap hits: 2013: $6.71 million 2017: $15.2 million 2018: $11.4 million Some of you are already asking if the Packers will have to renegotiate the contract before it ends because of the increasing cap numbers. It’s a fair question considering the team will, at some point, have a much bigger annual cap consideration for quarterback Aaron Rodgers . The short answer is not necessarily. Additional television money will eventually raise the cap spending limit, and it won’t be untenable for one of the top players on a roster to consume $15 million in cap space. You can’t have eight players with $15 million-plus cap hits, but in 2017 you should be able to have a few. And if Matthews continues on his current path, the Packers will be happy Authentic Clay Matthews Jersey to make him one of them. In context, consider that the cap hits for Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen — like Matthews an elite pass-rusher — have ranged from $8 million in 2008 to $17.1 million for 2013. Note: For those of you who keep track of such things, Matthews’ deal technically guarantees $20.5 million of the total value in the form of a signing bonus.
Clay Matthews On Cameras In Locker Rooms: ‘I’m Not A Fan Of That’
13, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer) Get Sports Newsletters: Subscribe Follow: NFL , Clay Matthews , Clay Matthews Packers , Green Bay Packers , Clay Matthews Cameras Locker Room , Clay Matthews Locker Room Cameras , Green Bay Packers , Sports News Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews is “not a fan” of television cameras in NFL locker rooms. Referring to the locker room as “our one sanctuary,” the four-time Pro Bowler told USA Today Sports that installing TV cameras is an invasion of the players’ privacy. “You think ‘cameras in the locker room’ and what does that conjure up images of? It’s a privacy issue,” Matthews told USA Today Sports . “I know they’re trying to give the fans more of an experience, but what more can you do? We do interviews on the sideline, there’s social media. You can’t leave the parking lot without people swarming your cars.” In April, NFL executive V.P. Eric Grubman announced that all teams will be required to install TV cameras in their locker rooms.