Packers linebacker Clay Matthews opposes locker-room cameras

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It’s a privacy issue. I know they’re trying to give the fans more of an experience, but what more can you do? We do interviews on the sideline, there’s social media. You can’t leave the parking lot without people swarming your cars. I’m not a fan of it.” Cameras will be installed in each home team’s locker room to provide video (but no audio) that can be shown on stadium videoboards and through in-stadium wireless applications. While it’s reflective of the league’s ever-growing reach, the behind-the-scenes peek flows from a marketing plan to offer more bang for the buck for fans who attend games at the stadiums. What do you think of this idea? Join the conversation The video won’t be available to the networks broadcasting games. You might think that a wildly popular player who recently signed a five-year, $66 million contract extension should just zip it, and accept the, uh, voyeurism as an occupational hazard.

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

However, a league source recently told Press-Gazette Media an agreement with Matthews appeared to be further along than Rodgers, whose camp continues to negotiate a deal that likely will make him the highest-paid player in NFL history. The only player in team history to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first four NFL seasons, Matthews was entering the final season of the five-year rookie contract he signed with the Packers when they selected him 26th overall in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Matthews ranks fifth in team history (since 1982) with the 42 1/2 career sacks and No. 2 in franchise postseason annals with 7 1/2 career sacks. He has registered three 10-sack seasons (No. 3 in team history) and two or more sacks in nine games (No. 5 in franchise history). “Congratulations to Clay, who has quickly developed into a core member of our team,” said Packers coach Mike McCarthy in a statement. “His accomplishments and the example he sets on and off the field will be vital to our continued success.

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I wanted to, and so he said, if youre going to do it, youre going to give it your all. The pressure is all put on myself by me. I want to be able to follow in the footsteps and continue the quote, unquote Matthews legacy. It can be an advantage, because people could be like, Oh, hes a Matthews. But at the same time, it could be a disadvantage because they might have expectations for you that might be a little I wouldnt say unreachable, because its been reached but not everybody does what my dad and cousin and my uncle have all done so far. Having been around football all his life, Matthews he knows the best approach he should take to his opportunity with the Redskins: Make the 53-man roster, and then continue working to take gradual steps forward in his career. Obviously, just prove to the guys that Ive got something to help this team succeed, Matthews says. The goal is always to make the team, and you could never say youve reached your goal, because theres always something better. You could be a Pro Bowler, and then back-to-back Pro Bowler, and all-pro. Im not saying Im going for something and I have to start Day 1. Thats my goal, and I want to do that, but my initial goal is to make the 53-man roster. Solid in one-on-one drills and in team drills through the first part of camp, Matthews looks to further impress upon his coaches the need to include him on that 53-man roster by playing well in the preseason. Thursdays homecoming will give him a special first opportunity to do so. Its always special any time you go back to a place where you played for three years, and my dads the offensive line coach there, and you have friends there, he said.

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 . “There’s not going to be one way of doing this. There will be 32 ways of doing this, running the gamut from one end of the spectrum where somebody is not going to want to show anything to the other end of the spectrum where someone’s going to want to show everything.” Matthews isn’t the only one wary of TV cameras in the locker room. Former Buccaneers star Derrick Brooks and Cardinals kicker Jay Feely expressed displeasure of the NFL’s decision. Don’t Like decision to put cameras in locker room. i think this decision may back fire on the nfl.

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“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. He had 42 sacks in his first four seasons, fifth-best in the NFL during that span. He has finished in the top five in the league in sacks in two of the last three seasons, with 13 in 2010 and 13 in 2012.


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