Clay Matthews’ New Contract is Done

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Clay Matthews

Clay Matthews

The Green Bay Packers have reached an agreement with outside linebacker Clay Matthews on a new long-term contract extension. The info was first reported by Ian Rapoport.

Then Matthews confirmed it when he tweeted a picture of himself signing the deal.

Jay Glazer says Matthews’ new deal is for five additional years at a little more than $13 million per season. Matthews is currently in the final season of his rookie deal, so the extension will keep him in Green Bay through 2018. He’ll be 32 at the end of that season.

Matthews was scheduled to make $3.73 million in base salary in 2013, plus $1.02 million in bonuses. That’s a total of $4.75 million. Although we don’t know the exact amount of Matthews’ new deal, let’s say it’s exactly $13 million per season in new money.

That would make the average of Matthews’ full deal $11.625 million per season. It would also make him the highest-paid outside linebacker in the NFL, surpassing the $11.143 million average the Cowboys’ DeMarcus Ware makes.

Here are some more numbers: $31 million guaranteed, $22 million by the end of 2013 and $27 million in the next year.

The most interesting thing to see will be how the contract is structured, but that’s probably fodder for another post.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

18 Comments on "Clay Matthews’ New Contract is Done"

  1. TyKoSteamboat

    I just hope we don’t get hand-cuffed like the Ravens…dishing out the $ to only two players.

    Leave it to Ted. Best in the biz.


      • TyKoSteamboat

        No sarcasm. Ted traded-up to draft Clay Matthews (& Casey Hayward).

        Our contracts are all pretty good with exceptions to T.J. Lang & Mason Crosby.

        & he GM’d us to a Superbowl just a few years ago.

        • longtimepackersfanin Texas

          Really you are going to give the credit for a Superbowl to TT…really! Come on!!! Last i looked there are a few others that are way ahead of him in THAT line.

          • Jon Mallaber

            Texas, please enlighten us on how the person who scouted and drafted or signed all of the players on a Super Bowl champion deserves no credit for the accomplishment.

          • TyKoSteamboat

            Child, please.

            1.) Packers win a Superbowl (2010)
            2.) Packers have a 15-1 reg. season (2011)
            3.) Packers win the Division (Last season)

            All with Ted Thompson players.

            Ted did the right thing with Rodgers/Favre.

            Do NOT be that spoiled, unappreciative fan that can’t recognize a formula that has proven success.

            That whole roster is built with Ted T draft picks. Including the Superbowl winning one. His only really early whiff was Justin Harrell in 2007 at #16 overall.

            Now, he has just made a long-term plan involving an All-Pro Pass Rusher & (soon) Quarterback.

          • Kozak

            There’s probably 30 teams out there including Bears Vikings and Lions that would kill to have the results TT has gotten as GM. I REMEMBER the 70s and 80s. If you don’t enjoy every second of what the Packers have NOW you are an idiot.

  2. Iltarion

    That picture is a great fricking sight for Packer fans.

    I see he is geared for the rain here in Green Bay today.

    As Monty said, it call comes down to the structure of the deal. $ per year doesn’t mean anything but window dressing.

  3. Savage57

    $13MM for a pro bowl linebacker – check

    $25MM for a pro bowl QB – check

    $7MM for a pro bowl Left Tackle – Naaaahhh!

    Between CM3’s hammy’s and AR getting pounded like a $10 Bourbon Street whore on Fat Tuesday, this is going to turn into the biggest piss-away of money since the Pentagon was buying toilets.

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