According to sources close to the situation, the Green Bay Packers front-loaded the deal. Matthews is said to be receiving $22 million by the end of 2013 and $27 million in the next year.
Wow! That’s one heck of a deal, but Packers fans can only hope that General Manager Ted Thompson and team President Mark Murphy have their ducks in a row. We all knew that locking up both Matthews and quarterback Aaron Rodgers was going to have a significant impact on the Packers cap numbers, but most of us also agree that keeping one’s own players leads to team unity and consistency and is much more favorable than spending one’s future away on unknown free agents.
One thing we know for sure is that the Packers will have Matthews for years to come. If he hasn’t already become the face of the Packers’ defense, with the release of Charles Woodson, he is now.
Just as Rodgers will continue to lead the Packers’ offense, it’s hoped that Matthews’ hamstrings hold out for another five years and he can continue to put up the productive numbers he has for the past four years.
With that said, below you will find a nifty infographic courtesy of Packers.com. This pretty much spells out what Matthews means to the team.