We’ve noted a few times this offseason that the Packers and linebacker Clay Matthews will likely work out a new contract. It appears they’re getting close to a contract that will make Matthews one of the highest-paid linebackers in the NFL.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the deal will get done this offseason and it will pay Matthews more than $13 million a year.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network is also hearing that Matthews has already been offered more than $13 million a year in new money, noting that Matthews’ offer from the Packers is better than the six-year, $78 million deal DeMarcus Ware got from the Cowboys in 2009.
Matthews joined the Packers as a first-round pick in the 2009 NFL draft, and he has been chosen to the Pro Bowl in all four of his NFL seasons.