Packers And Matthews Agree On Extension

The Green Bay Packers and linebacker Clay Matthews officially agreed on a much-rumored contract extension Wednesday.  The deal is for five years and reportedly worth 66 million dollars.  Since joining the Packers in 2006, Matthews has recorded 42.5 sacks, which is already the fifth most in team history. He has finished in the top five in sacks in the NFL in two of the last three seasons (13.5 in 2010 and 13 in 2012) and he has been named to the Pro Bowl four straight years.  Matthews is happy to be able to continue his career in Green Bay…

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According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Matthews will be under contract through the 2018 season and becomes the highest paid linebacker in the league.  Matthews was asked if he was looking for a deal that made him the highest paid player at his position…

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Next up for the Packers contract-wise, will be to get an extension done with quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is expected to become the highest paid player in football, which means the Packers will have plenty of money tied up in two players.  Matthews still believes that the team can bring in the talent needed to compete for a championship…

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Matthews announced the signing on his twitter page Wednesday afternoon.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy (via Packers press release):
“Congratulations to Clay, who has quickly developed into a core member of our team.  His accomplishments and the example he sets on and off the field will be vital to our continued success. We look forward to the rest of his Packers career.”

General Manager Ted Thompson (via Packers press release):
“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.”

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