Clay Matthews signs extension, becomes highest-paid linebacker

Packers make Clay Matthews the NFL’s highest-paid linebacker

He has finished in the top five in the league in sacks in two of the last three seasons, with 13 1/2 in 2010 and 13 in 2012. He was fourth in the NFL in sacks last season after missing four games with a hamstring injury. Matthews has three 10-sack seasons, third-best in Packers history, and nine games with two or more sacks. The son of Clay Matthews Jr., who played linebacker for 19 NFL seasons in Cleveland and Atlanta, and nephew of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews , Matthews is the only player in Packers history to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons. Matthews also has four interceptions in 58 games, including two that were returned for touchdowns. He’s forced seven fumbles and recovered three, one of which was returned for a score. “Congratulations to Clay, who has quickly developed into a core member of our team,” 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.” So does Matthews, who will take on a greater leadership role following the Feb. 15 release of eight-time Pro Bowl defensive back Charles Woodson . “With the loss to some of those key defensive players, especially with Charles (Woodson) on the defensive side and with them putting a new contract in place for me, it definitely shows their belief in me in being a leader and kind of a stalwart in this defense,” Matthews said.

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(AP Photo) Matthews shared a photo of the deal being signed deal on Twitter (@ClayMatthews52). “Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!” Matthews tweeted. “It feels good,” Matthews said Wednesday during a news conference. “It’s funny, because not a whole lot has changed. I’m happy about it but for me, it’s nice, it’s very humbling and it’s a blessing, but it’s business as usual for me. I’m glad that they have put their trust in me and belief in me in awarding me this, but at the same time you’re going to get the same type of unwavering perseverance on the field and dedication that I’m going to bring day in and day out. I feel good but not much has changed.” Matthews, who turns just 27 in May, was worthy of being locked up for a lucrative reward. In just four seasons after being drafted 26th overall by the Packers in 2009, he has wreaked havoc as an edge playmaker in their 3-4 scheme, with 43 sacks, 203 total tackles and four interceptions in 58 career games. The 2013 season was scheduled to be the last under Matthews’ original five-year, $9.9 million deal.

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Cameras won’t be installed in the visiting locker rooms. The league installed the policy without input from the NFL Players Association, which may raise questions on the grounds that workplace changes were made and not collectively bargained. When the NFL’s plan became public in April, an NFLPA official called for players to provide feedback, but it is unclear whether that resulted in a significant amount of expressed opposition. Union officials have yet to respond to requests from USA TODAY Sports for comment. Recently, Sports Business Journal polled nearly two dozen teams and reported that many don’t have a plan for the cameras. Conceivably, teams might show only a locker room snippet on the video board moments before the team heads to the field. Some players maintain that the cameras would not matter, that their routines which could include listening to music on headphones or stretching on the floor would not change. Would Matthews alter his routine? “If there’s a camera, absolutely,” he said. Matthews said he would tone down some of his high-energy habits.

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews opposes locker-room cameras

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It’s a damaging blow for the Knicks, who loaded up on veteran big men this season but have now lost two of them for good in Kurt Thomas and Wallace, and have gotten almost nothing from Marcus Camby. Also, Amare Stoudemire’s status for the postseason is unclear as he recovers from right knee surgery. The Knicks added another big man Wednesday by signing Earl Barron. Wallace, 38, ended a two-year retirement this season to join the Knicks and play for Woodson, who was an assistant in Detroit when Wallace helped the Pistons win the 2004 NBA title. Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr. will leave the Wolverines early for the NBA draft. The 6-foot-6 junior is the second Michigan player to declare for early entry to the draft this year. National player of the year Trey Burke announced his departure Sunday. Florida Gulf Coast hired a men’s basketball coach to replace Andy Enfield, who left this month to become coach at USC.

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“Brad was up, so they had to make a move with him, and I guess they went with the sure bet . . . which is understandable from a business standpoint, so I don’t hold nothing against them,” Bishop said. Bishop signed a one-year contract with the Vikings after being cut by the Packers. Bishop said part of the reason he signed with the Vikings was the opportunity to play two games a season against Rodgers. “And if I can get a chance to play against Aaron Rodgers, I think that right there, in itself, is a motivation,” Bishop said. “You know, you want to play against the best. “When I was playing for Green Bay, the games I cherished . . .


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