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Extension or not, Clay Matthews is getting a raise

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With one year left on his rookie deal, Packers linebacker Clay Matthews could be in line for a contract extension this offseason.

Whether or not he gets it, he’ll be getting a raise for the 2013 season. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Matthews has hit escalators in his rookie deal that will raise his salary from $1.492 million (up from $805,000 thanks to an earlier escalator) to $3.73 million. As a result, his cap number will also rise to $4.91 million.

That leaves Matthews with the eighth-highest salary on the team, a placement that doesn’t quite fit with his level of importance to the team’s defense. An extension would likely bring things more in line with reality, although it would be hard for him to land a bigger deal than the set to pay $9.75 million to quarterback Aaron Rodgers next season. There’s been extension chatter about Rodgers as well, so both players could see their numbers rise.

The Packers cleared out some extra cap space by excising Charles Woodson from the roster. One way or the other, Matthews is going to be soaking up some of it.

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26 Responses to “Extension or not, Clay Matthews is getting a raise”
  1. jhein23 says: Feb 18, 2013 3:53 PM

    They should extend Arodg and Matthews this offseason. I wouldn’t do anything with BJ Raji for now. Have a bad feeling about him once he gets the big contract, hope I’m wrong.

  2. justintuckrule says: Feb 18, 2013 3:55 PM

    Don’t do it. He’s already flaming out like how Javon Kearse did when he exploded on the scene.

  3. zoellner25 says: Feb 18, 2013 3:55 PM

    the contracts that both CM3 and ARod were playing under in 2012 were probably the biggest bargains in sports. Time to lock them up long term, TT. Go Pack.

  4. rcali says: Feb 18, 2013 4:09 PM

    I think I saw him more on commercials then on the field this past year.

  5. purplepunisher says: Feb 18, 2013 4:14 PM

    He’s a niche player. All he can do is blitz the passer of the edge. He gets over powered on run plays.

  6. mcoomer146 says: Feb 18, 2013 4:15 PM

    Sign ARod and Clay, don’t worry about Raji now.

  7. glac1 says: Feb 18, 2013 4:16 PM

    He is unable to stay healthy. Hopefully the Packers will keep that in mind when they determine his value to the organization.

  8. clayrodg says: Feb 18, 2013 4:20 PM

    Its time to pay the man who made one of the biggest plays, and definately the most important from the momentum perspective, in super bowl XLV.

    He is a priceless pass rusher and with Nick Perry coming back off his injury, this is going to be a fun couple of years for the Packers D.

  9. deltaoracle says: Feb 18, 2013 4:27 PM

    Thompson traded up into the first round to get him, and Matthews has been one of the few difference-makers on the defensive side of the team. So yeah, you don’t really need to be Nostradamus to see that he’s in line to become very wealthy.

  10. calhounlambeau says: Feb 18, 2013 4:30 PM

    People judge pass-rushers by their sacks, despite his recent sack decline mainly due to injuries he’s expanded his game overall. He does a much better job in pass protection and he’s very good against the run. Don’t let the sack numbers fool you – he’s an all-around guy now. He will come in next season jacked up and geared for a monster year and thus a monster extension, he won’t sign anything this offseason.

  11. northernwisc says: Feb 18, 2013 4:52 PM

    calhounlambeau says:
    Feb 18, 2013 4:30 PM

    – he’s an all-around guy now.

    The only thing “all-around” about Matthews was his head trying to find Kaepernick in the NFC Championship…..

  12. boogerhut says: Feb 18, 2013 5:14 PM

    Please pay him enough so he doesn’t have to do those ridiculous fathead spots. He’s wearing out my mute and previous channel button.

  13. gnarlswoodson says: Feb 18, 2013 5:14 PM

    LOL @ all the football experts. Clay Matthews is EASILY one of the top 3 front 7 guys in the NFL today. The guy is insane, had 13 sacks last year and missed how many games? 3 more in 2 playoff games. Unless you watched every Packers game last year start to finish, then you have no idea how good he really was. So many geniuses on here who comment as if they could even explain the difference between Cover 2 and Cover 3, or even tell me the name of the position Clay plays.

  14. buddybowl69 says: Feb 18, 2013 5:27 PM

    Funny how his play declines when the league starts talking about HGH testing, then picks up again when the talks settle down. Umm…

  15. csszrr says: Feb 18, 2013 5:51 PM

    He wants to go where his dad is a legend. Keep saying he cannot play Packers fans, we’ll take him.

  16. vikings1986 says: Feb 18, 2013 6:00 PM

    As a Vikings fan i hate this beast great player

  17. golforepar says: Feb 18, 2013 6:06 PM

    buddy, testing is done often in the NFL. You need to stop reading headlines and read some articles.

  18. greengaypaqueers says: Feb 18, 2013 7:08 PM

    Doesn’t she make enough money in those lame commercials? If she and her crybaby quarterback didn’t soak up so much money, maybe they could afford to pay a few more players and actually have a team that isn’t a one-hit wonder.

  19. csilojohnson says: Feb 18, 2013 7:30 PM

    They need to cut that entire defense and start over. Capers included. Absolute joke.

  20. Shinnbone says: Feb 18, 2013 7:40 PM

    BJ Raji is way to overrated he’s had one huge game in his career, the Bears NFC Championship game doesn’t deserve to paid like Haloti Ngata I’d take that Henry Melton off the Bears roster in a heart beat over Raji.

  21. conormacleod says: Feb 18, 2013 8:09 PM

    He is a good player, but overrated. Look at his tackle numbers. Absolutely horrible. He is a solid pass rusher, but many offenses account for him and he disappeared for weeks at a time last year, and he stunk the year before. He deserves a mid level contract. His skills will decline quickly in about 3 years.

  22. themagicfanguy says: Feb 18, 2013 8:24 PM

    It’s funny how many people troll Packer/Patriot posts. Jealousy.

  23. ravensfanatic88 says: Feb 18, 2013 8:41 PM

    This is coming from a Ravens fan..

    Sign Aaron and Clay they deserve it.

    Let Raji go he is not nearly as effective
    Since Cullen Jenkins left.

    This is a defensive and offensive line draft
    So replace him with a player this year.

  24. atthemurph says: Feb 18, 2013 9:12 PM

    There’s not a 3-4 OLB in the NFL that I would rather have than Matthews. The dude gets it.

  25. markmx90 says: Feb 19, 2013 8:41 AM

    Sign A rod but please don’t overpay for Matthews. I like the guy but his impact on games have shrunk every year. He runs himself out of plays and gets master blasted but elite left tackles. I’m a packer fan but I think fans build him up to be a whole lot better than he really is.

  26. gnarlswoodson says: Feb 19, 2013 11:03 AM

    conormacleod says:Feb 18, 2013 8:09 PM

    He is a good player, but overrated. Look at his tackle numbers. Absolutely horrible. He is a solid pass rusher, but many offenses account for him and he disappeared for weeks at a time last year, and he stunk the year before. He deserves a mid level contract. His skills will decline quickly in about 3 years.


    The second somebody tries talking about tackle numbers for a 34 OLB is the same time they lose all credibility in the point they are trying to make. It truly is amazing how so many people comment with such a miniscule understanding of this game. I don’t go commenting on sci-fi talk do I ?

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