Clay Matthews Contract Extension: Packers Sign Pro Bowl Linebacker To New Deal

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I feel good but not much has changed. Matthews posted a picture of himself on Twitter signing the deal, saying, “Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!” The Packers did not announce terms of the extension, reported to be for five years, but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the deal is worth $66 million. That would put Matthews on par with Dallas outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, whose contract also averages $13 million per year. “Clay has been a productive member of our team and we are pleased to be able to come to an agreement that will extend his Packers career,” general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement. With Matthews’ deal done, the Packers can turn all of their attention to Rodgers, whose extension is expected to make him the highest-paid player in the league. Agent David Dunn represents Matthews and Rodgers, as well as defensive tackle B.J. Raji. “Hopefully, that’s the next order of business,” Matthews said about Rodgers’ extension. “Being good friends with him, represented by the same agent, who knows, hopefully that’s sooner than later.” Matthews said he didn’t think the team would be hamstrung by big contracts for its two biggest stars, and that the team’s draft-and-develop philosophy would keep it competitive. “One thing this organization does well. I know we catch a little heat sometimes that we like to build through the draft and develop our players and we’ve done a great job of that,” Matthews said.

Clay Matthews wanted to ‘be that guy’

We do interviews on the sideline, there’s social media. You can’t leave the parking lot without people swarming your cars.” In April, NFL executive V.P. Eric Grubman announced that all teams will be required to install TV cameras in their locker rooms. Per adage.com, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the footage will only be of the home team and will be from pregame and halftime. The individual teams will have the option to use the video on replay screens and mobile apps. “The reality is that this already exists. Clubs have been doing this. We already do this in winning locker rooms, so this is not unique. What’s unique is that everybody will do this in their own way,” Grubman said, per Clark Judge of CBS Sports .

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Yet, within the confines of the Green Bay locker room, the 27-year-old Los Angeles native, who inked a five-year, $65 million contract extension in April, conceded that he is also prepared to become the face of the teams defense. A defense which, ultimately, ended the 2012 campaign on a more than somber note on the heels of Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers Useful Reference hanging 45 points and 579 yards of total offense on the two-time NFC North champions in the divisional round of the playoffs on Jan. 12. Absolutely, I think so, cited Matthews, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, on Monday in respect to assuming a more expanded leadership role this season on The Jim Rome Show. I think its time I rise up and show these guys through example, and I think Ive been doing that the last couple of years. In turn, Matthews, selected by the Packers in the first round (26th overall) in the 2009 NFL draft out of USC, acknowledged that while he is expecting to increase his level of performance atop the gridiron this season, he expects his colleaguesregardless of league tenureto carry their weight each week as well. Its time for these young guys to step up and fill that void, continued Matthews, in reference to the departure of former team captain and veteran cornerback Charles Woodson , who was released by the organization in February following a seven-year run in Titletown, in his interview with Rome. “Theres no excuses as to whos going to make the plays. I know that Ill be called upon each and every game, but its time for the rookies and second and third-year players to continue to rise up. Theres no time for just veterans to make plays or playmakers to continue to make their plays. Its now time for these young guys to make a name for themselves. Such is a formula in which Matthews, who has amassed 42.5 sacks in 58 career outings, notes must be adhered to if Green Bay is to move on from last seasons dismal culmination and reach its full potential in the months ahead. We have an outstanding offense, a great quarterback [ Aaron Rodgers ] whos going to take us where we need to go, cited Matthews on The Jim Rome Show.

Lets not forget, Rodgers is far from a lead foot quarterback and is more than capable of eluding a couple of would be tacklers in the pocket, so that sack total could have been even higher. There are problems all over this line, most importantly with Derek Sherrod , who has yet to show any potential at left tackle. Therefore, Bryan Bulaga , a much more natural right tackle, is forced to play out of position protecting Rodgers blind side. What is the team’s biggest asset? This one is not even close. Its Rodgers by a long shot. Not only is he playing behind a below average, if not atrocious offensive line, he is doing it better than almost every other quarterback in the history of the NFL. Since taking over the starting job in 2008, Rodgers has thrown for 21,332 and 170 touchdowns. Wondering who the only other quarterbacks are to throw for more than 20,000 yards and 170 touchdowns during a five-year span? Hall of Famer Dan Marino and future Hall of Famers Brett Favre and Drew Brees.

Clay Matthews signs extension

Friend(s) Email Clay Matthews will be wedded to the Green Bay Packers for years to come. Clay Matthews through the years Take a look at the best photos of Clay Matthews . NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport first reported Wednesday that the Packers and the All-Pro outside linebacker have forged a long-term contract extension. No terms were announced by the team, but NFL.com’s Albert Breer reported the deal as a five-year extension worth $66 million. Matthews tweeted a picture of himself signing the contract Wednesday. The Packers later confirmed the signing, and coach Mike McCarthy praised his young linebacker. “Congratulations to Clay, who has quickly developed into a core member of our team,” 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.” Matthews’ extension is worth just more than $13 million per year, lining up with what Rapoport predicted earlier in the week. Rapoport later reported, via a source who has seen the contract, that Matthews received a $20.5 million signing bonus.

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Seifert: Smart Move by Pack Elite pass-rushers are a coveted commodity so the Packers made the right move extending Clay Matthews now rather than waiting until his contract expired, Kevin Seifert writes. Blog A source close to the deal told ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell that Matthews will receive $22 million by the end of 2013 and $27 million in the next 12 months. “It feels good,” Matthews said Wednesday during a news conference inside the Packers locker room. “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 tweeted a picture of himself signing the contract before it was officially announced by the team. He wrote: “Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!” Matthews was set to earn a base of $3.73 million this season in the final year of his rookie deal, signed after the Packers made him the 26th pick in the 2009 draft “Clay has been a productive member of our team and we are pleased to be able to come to an agreement that will extend his Packers career,” general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement.

Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers reach extension

I look at all the outside ‘backers in history. This kid here, hes a special one. Who will win this week’s game between the Ravens and Bengals? Adam Schein and Peter Schrager take sides. Rivalry Rants So, where are the sacks? Matthews and Greene know thats what fans expect, especially after the former notched 17 of them on Green Bays run to winning Super Bowl XLV. Such heroics combined with his trademark sack celebration and the distinguishing long blond hair that flows out of his helmet helped Matthews land a slew of commercial endorsements this offseason. While those advertisements have raised his public profile, theyve elevated on-field expectations for the Clay-maker even higher. Thats the nature of the beast, Matthews told FOXSports.com after practice Friday. If youre going to be putting yourself out there and having fun in regards to the media and television, you better make sure youre handling your business on the field. That has been the case yet the fans want to see what each commercial entails: blowing (quarterbacks) up. The fact Green Bays overall pass defense has sometimes blown hot air the group ranks 31st in the NFL in total yards allowed has fostered even more scrutiny.

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews opposes locker-room cameras

11 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Packers linebacker Clay Matthews opposes locker-room cameras Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY Sports 4:59 p.m. EDT June 4, 2013 The Packers’ Clay Matthews celebrates after getting a sack. The linebacker is against cameras in the locker room. (Photo: Dan Power, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights The NFL plans to place cameras in the locker room so fans in stadiums can see players get ready for games Packers linebacker Clay Matthews says it’s a violation of the last sanctuary for players The NFL says cameras will be placed in only home team locker rooms SHARE 116 CONNECT 28 TWEET 11 COMMENTEMAILMORE GREEN BAY, Wis. Aaron Rodgers Jersey Locker room cams are coming this season to an NFL stadium near you, promising even greater access and added value for fans who fight through the traffic to see games in person. Clay Matthews thinks this is a horrible idea. “I’m not a fan of that, and I’m not afraid to say that,” the Green Bay Packers star linebacker told USA TODAY Sports. “The availability of the athletes is already so great to fans, the organization and the media, but now to add the locker room our one sanctuary, which is even taken over by the media and now you throw in cameras? “You think ‘cameras in the locker room’ and what does that conjure up images of? It’s a privacy issue.

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Down 32 points, the Bills, led by backup quarterback Frank Reich (14), pulled off the greatest comeback in NFL history to defeat the Oilers 41-38 in overtime of a 1992 AFC Wild Card game. There hasn’t been a game like it since. Rick Stewart, Getty Images Fullscreen It’s one of the few plays in NFL history with it’s own name: “The Music City Miracle”. In a 1999 AFC Wild Card game, Frank Wychek took the ball on a kickoff and lateraled it (or did he?) to Kevin Dyson (pictured), who returned it for a touchdown in the final seconds to give the Titans a 22-16 win over the Bills. It’ll never be forgotten. Wade Payne, AP Fullscreen Two of the NFL’s oldest rivals played an epic 2002 AFC Wild Card game as Tommy Maddox, the NFL’s comeback player of the year, threw three touchdowns in the final 19 minutes to lead the Steelers back from 17 points down for a 36-33 win over the Browns. Chris Gardner, AP Fullscreen The 49ers were left for dead in a 2002 NFC Wild Card game after facing a 24-point deficit. But Jeff Garcia (pictured) led San Francisco to the second-largest comeback in playoff history as the 49ers pulled off a stunning 39-38 victory that ended in controversy because of a muffed Giants field goal attempt that snapper Trey Junkin won’t ever live down. Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports Heading into the 2002 playoffs, the Packers were 13-0 in the postseason at home. But a young, 22-year-old Michael Vick (pictured) went into Lambeau Field and led the Falcons to a convincing 27-7 win in an NFC Wild Card game. Darren Hauck, AP Fullscreen Who could forget Matt Hasselbeck declaring, for all of us to hear, during the overtime coin toss that the Seahawks wanted the ball and they were going to score. Well, it didn’t go as Hasselbeck planned as he threw this pick-six to Al Harris (pictured), giving the Packers a dramatic 33-27 victory in a 2003 NFC Wild Card game. Darren Hauck, AP Fullscreen In a 2004 NFC Wild game, the Vikings went into Lambeau Field and defeated the rival Packers 31-17 for an impressive win. But the moment we, and Joe Buck, will never forget is Randy Moss pretending to moon the crowd after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Morry Gash, AP Fullscreen It’s the moment Tony Romo (pictured) has been trying to live down ever since it happened. 2006 NFC Wild Card game. Cowboys-Seahawks.

Clay Matthews “absolutely” ready to lead Packers defense

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I know a lot of players have come out in favor of it so Im looking forward to it.” Matthews has a unique perspective in that his father spent 19 years in the league. Clay Matthews Jr.’s career stretched from the 70’s to the 90’s. “Speaking to my father when he played,”Matthews said, “and they leveled the playing field back in the day, its always interesting to see the players who maintain their level of play and who fall off. But I also think its just a step in the right direction for sports in general. It’s been two years since the NFLand NFLPA agreed to implement HGHtesting. As the Journal Sentinel detailed in April, some former and current players in the league believe that HGH use in the league is common. One anonymous NFCstarter said “it’s like clockwork,” adding “Not tested and it’s easy to get. Nowadays, dude? In 2013? (Expletive) yeah.” The player estimated that 10-15 players on each team use HGH. There has been progress of late. The league and the players association are reportedly working on an agreement.

Clay Matthews, Packers agree on long-term extension

“He is relentless. He’s got a tremendous motor. He has the most complete skill set I have seen in an outside ‘backer in a 3-4.” Maybe Greene sees a little of himself in Matthews. Both were walk-on linebackers in college, guys with something to prove as they chased down quarterbacks. Greene was a longhair in his own right, and his golden tresses were more of an oddity in his NFL playing days (1985-99). He jokes, now, that he’s growing his hair out again because he wants to be like Clay. But really, his reasons back then were about the same as Matthews’. “It’s about having fun,” Greene says. Matthews had 10 sacks as a rookie in 2009, enough fun to earn him a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Clay Matthews On Cameras In Locker Rooms: ‘I’m Not A Fan Of That’

With Matthews’ deal done, the Packers can turn all of their attention to Rodgers, whose extension is expected to make him the highest-paid player in the league. Agent David Dunn represents Matthews and Rodgers, as well as defensive tackle B.J. Raji. “Hopefully, that’s the next order of business,” Matthews said about Rodgers’ extension. “Being good friends with him, represented by the same agent, who knows, hopefully that’s sooner than later.” Matthews said he didn’t think the team would be hamstrung by big contracts for its two biggest stars, and that the team’s draft-and-develop philosophy would keep it competitive. “One thing this organization does well. I know we catch a little heat sometimes that we like to build through the draft and develop our players and we’ve done a great job of that,” Matthews said. “Our free agents are the ones who were up on their contracts. It’s no different than Aaron, myself or whoever’s up next. I’ll leave that to them, but for the most part we’ve had some success here over the last few years in maintaining keep players and I don’t see it to be any different.” Matthews was set to earn a base of $3.73 million this season in the final year of his rookie deal, signed after the Packers made him the 26th pick in the 2009 draft. But the 26-year-old’s price tag has gone up considerably as he has become one of the top linebackers in the NFL.

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