Clay Matthews will be a Packer for years to come. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Clay Matthews, Packers reach extension


A sigh of relief washed over Green Bay Packers Nation this afternoon as Clay Matthews and the Packers reached a long-term agreement, per a tweet from the Packer linebacker.

“Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!” Matthews tweeted appropriately today.

As reported earlier, the deal, though no specifics have yet been released, is believed to be around $13 million per year.
The deal solves one side of the contract issues with which the Packers have been working – the other half will come when quarterback Aaron Rodgers signs what is expected to be a mega-deal that should make him the highest paid player in the NFL. Some are saying Rodgers’ deal could reach as high as $25 million per year.
Matthews, while suffering through injuries the past couple of years, is the bedrock upon which Dom Capers’ defense has been built since the Packers selected him in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Over that timeframe, Matthews has had 55 starts during which he’s collected 42½ sacks, including 13½ in the Packers’ Super Bowl run in 2010. Last season, though he missed several games because of a hamstring injury, he had 10 sacks.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a report over the weekend that indicated the Packers may announced both Rodgers and Matthews’ agreements simultaneously. If that’s the case, Rodgers’ deal should be announced soon, locking up two of the most valuable players on the team.
Here is the picture that Matthews tweeted of himself signing his new agreement and below it the Packers official press release:

PACKERS SIGN LB MATTHEWS TO CONTRACT EXTENSION

The Green Bay Packers have signed LB Clay Matthews to a contract extension. The signing was announced Wednesday by Ted Thompson, Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations.

Matthews, who was drafted out of Southern California in the first round (No. 26 overall) by the Packers with the second of their two first-round selections in 2009, is the only player in franchise history to be named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons in the league (2009-12). He has registered 42.5 sacks since entering the league in ’09, ranking No. 5 in the NFL over that span, and has finished in the top five in the league in sacks two of the last three seasons (13.5 in 2010, 13 in 2012).

“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,” Thompson said.

Matthews ranks No. 5 in team history (since 1982) with the 42.5 career sacks and No. 2 in franchise postseason annals with 7.5 career sacks. He has registered three 10-sack seasons (No. 3 in team history) and two or more sacks in nine games (No. 5 in franchise history).

“Congratulations to Clay, who has quickly developed into a core member of our team,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “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.”

Matthews has played in 58 games during his four seasons in the league with 55 starts and has recorded 270 tackles (191 solo), four interceptions (two TD returns), 23 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries (one returned for a TD).

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