When the deal for Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews gets done this offseason, it will come in at or north of $13 million a year...
When the deal for Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews gets done this offseason, it will come in at or north of $13 million a year in new money, sources told ESPN.com.
Since entering the NFL in 2009, Matthews is the only linebacker with 40 sacks, 20 stuffs and 20 passes defensed. He was the top-ranked 3-4 outside linebacker in the league last season in ProFootballFocus.com‘s ratings.
Matthews, 26, has 42 ½ 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 26th overall in the 2009 draft out of USC.
The Packers are also working on an extension for quarterback Aaron Rodgers that would make him the highest-paid player in NFL history. Leaguewide speculation is the deal could average $25 million per year.
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Agents for the players are going to want their clients’ deals in place before April 15, when the Packers start offseason workouts, ESPN.com reported.
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