All the Salary Cap Numbers on Clay Matthews’ Deal

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Clay Matthews

Clay Matthews

You were probably wondering how the Green Bay Packers were going to manage Clay Matthews‘ contract extension. Now we know. They’re pushing the larger payments into the future.

The cap hits for Matthews’ deal are as follows.

2013: $6.71 million
2014: $11.0 million
2015: $12.7 million
2016: $13.75 million
2017: $15.2 million
2018: $11.4 million

Although this is a deal that makes Matthews the highest-paid linebacker in the league, it will probably look pretty reasonable in a few years. That is, if Matthews continues to play at a high level.

What’s interesting is the Packers are taking a relatively small cap hit this season when compared to the other years in the deal. Obviously, one of the considerations the Packers made with this deal is Aaron Rodgers‘ deal.

A large portion of what remains of the Packers’ available salary cap space (around $15 million) will end up with Rodgers.

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3 Comments on "All the Salary Cap Numbers on Clay Matthews’ Deal"

  1. Vijay

    Only guaranteed money has to be paid out. NFL contracts are not fully guaranteed so, other than the $31M signing bonus (most of which is supposed to be paid in the next 18 months), the Packers can re-negotiate his cap number at any time if performance/ injury demand it. So, players don’t often get all the money they sign for. I like that the teams get to protect themselves in this way, unlike the NBA guarantees.

  2. Iltarion

    The only guaranteed money is the signing bonus, which is $20.5 million.

    I am surprised that Clay would sign for only $20 million guaranteed with a $5 million roster bonus next season. This is a very good contract for the Packers.

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