Report: Clay Matthews deal is done

Reuters

One down, one to go.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Packers and Clay Matthews have reached an agreement on a long-term deal, and he is expected to sign it today. PFT has also confirmed the report.

This deal has been reported as close for weeks, and there was a sense that it could go down hand-in-hand with an Aaron Rodgers deal.

We’ll see if that happens today, but getting Matthews locked up long-term is a huge move for an organization that has moved carefully and deliberately this offseason.

If they can lock up their quarterback and one of the game’s top young pass-rushers, the waiting will be worth it.

UPDATE 2:46 p.m. ET: Well, there you go. Matthews just tweeted a photo of himself signing a contract.

82 responses to “Report: Clay Matthews deal is done

  1. Clay presenting A-Rodge with the WWE belt at SB 45 is still one of the best moments on the Podium

  2. Too bad football is played with 22 players and not 2. GB will continue going 13-3 and flaming out in the first rd against more balanced teams.

  3. I wouldn’t be surprised if him and Rodgers finish their careers in Green Bay.

  4. Clay Matthews got a deal for one of the best players ever. Throughout time. Where’s my fathead?

  5. I hope Ted has a HGH clause in this contract if the NFL starts testing. Just do not see this is a smart long term investment in the team. Better be single digits or the pack got taken.

  6. Smart for them to lock up Claymaker. After Rodgers’ deal the Pack will be in the Ravens shoes (minus last seasons Lombardi) desperately looking for cheap help.

  7. As long as he doesn’t have to face Joe Staley very often he’ll do fine

  8. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 17, 2013 2:52 PM

    Best pass rusher in the division. Well done.

    Jared Allen says hi.

    That said, I think this is a bad move for GB. I believe his skillset is easily replaceable.

    His durability has been a question, and he’s made a living off of one team in the division the past 3 seasons.

  9. tokyosandblaster says:

    Best pass rusher in the division. Well done.

    —–

    Guess you never heard of Jared Allen, he’s got way more sacks than Clay, get real

  10. Best pass rusher in the division? Jared Allen had 12 sacks with only one working shoulder, after having 22 sacks the season before.

    Matthews is a great pass rusher, don’t get me wrong. But I think old man Allen has the edge still.

  11. Collectively, the barbers of Green Bay and environs just groaned mightily, once again hoping that Clay’s golden tresses don’t start a local fad.

  12. Keep the core together, the strategy of every successful team. No surprise here. These deals will not handicap the Packers any more than usual. They dont waste money in free agency subquently never have to deal with dead money. Before comments are made check out your teams dead money and compare it to the Packers of around 1 million and you will see what I am talking about.

  13. Rodgers is worth every penny. Mathews not worth 13m. Wake is making 7m/year and mathews is not much better than wake if at all.

  14. justintuckrule says:
    Apr 17, 2013 2:46 PM
    Too bad football is played with 22 players and not 2. GB will continue going 13-3 and flaming out in the first rd against more balanced teams.

    ————————————————————————————————————————————————- so in a couple years when kapernick and your best pass rusher are signed to long turm deals your gonna say….we shouldn’t have paid them???? yeah didn’t think so, shhhhh you should worry more about how your team will get to the superbowl and finish instead of worrying about what the packers are doing.

  15. Whoa, that’s a lot of money for HGH – said by Viking fans who conveniently ignore Adrian Peterson’s miraculous comeback from a major knee injury last season.

  16. tokyosandblaster says:Apr 17, 2013 2:52 PM

    Best pass rusher in the division. Well done.
    —-
    Jared Allen disagrees.
    Colin Kaepernick laughs at your statement.

  17. Typical GB fans. Always back to Superbowl rings.
    Superbowls are won by teams not individuals. Clay did not win a Superbowl by himself. Worst argument ever. Clay cant hold a candle to Jared Allen

  18. Haters gotta hate. Adjust your tinfoil hats, he was born and breed to be a NFL LB, ain’t no HGH involved. Everyone last one of you spreading the smack would cut off your left arm to have Clay on you team and locked down with a new contract.

  19. Notice how one team in the division is doing things right by re-signing their star players and the inferior franchise to the West is losing their best players because they can’t resign them?

    Now that wouldn’t stop their trolling fans from making snarky comments but having never won a Superbowl, you can begin to understand why they feel jealous.

  20. @vikescry – not a 49er fan but I’ll play along if you’re referring to Eli and JPP. QBs are worth every penny. Pass rushers, though hard to find, are a million times easier to find than QBs. So, I’d be against the Giants paying JPP $15M per. We’re adept at drafting solid pass rushers so I’d let JPP walk and be for them enslaving another rookie for 5 years on the cheap until they hit FA, etc., etc.

    Important note, I say this firmly believing JPP is a better player and would likely receive more on the open market than Clay.

  21. inyofaceagain says:
    Apr 17, 2013 2:57 PM
    tokyosandblaster says:

    Best pass rusher in the division. Well done.

    —–

    Guess you never heard of Jared Allen, he’s got way more sacks than Clay, get real

    ———————————————————————————————————————————————— let’s look at the facts shall we, so far cm3 has 55 games for 42.5 sacks. mullet man in purple’s first 4 season’s he played 61 games for 42.5 sacks. seem’s pretty even to me, and for those of you saying but look at what the mullet rider has done lately, cm3 is younger and this was a good decision by greenbay. cm3 is a game changer and as much as people want to talk about ped’s or anything else they wouldn’t complain if he was on there team. good signing GB and congrats cm3. now whip some arse this year.

  22. whatjusthapped says:Apr 17, 2013 3:22 PM

    Notice how one team in the division is doing things right by re-signing their star players and the inferior franchise to the West is losing their best players because they can’t resign them?
    ——–
    Let me fix this for you….

    … is losing their best players because they WILL NOT resign them?

    There, now its at least a true statement.

  23. justintuckrule says:
    Apr 17, 2013 3:25 PM
    @vikescry – not a 49er fan but I’ll play along if you’re referring to Eli and JPP. QBs are worth every penny. Pass rushers, though hard to find, are a million times easier to find than QBs. So, I’d be against the Giants paying JPP $15M per. We’re adept at drafting solid pass rushers so I’d let JPP walk and be for them enslaving another rookie for 5 years on the cheap until they hit FA, etc., etc.

    Important note, I say this firmly believing JPP is a better player and would likely receive more on the open market than Clay.

    —————————————————————————————— well when he’s the only person getting consistant pressure on your defense you have to back up the truck if you know what i’m saying. and sorry to insult you, thought you a niners fan. with cm3 out the opposing teams could put folding chairs in front of our d-lineman and still keep there qb clean. imo you have to pay him.

  24. Huge Vikes fan, but don’t really understand fans ripping the Packers for signing Matthews. The guy is a stud, no JarAl, but still. I wish my squad could sign their stars (e.g., Percy, Winny)…instead of letting them walk away.

  25. inyofaceagain says:
    Apr 17, 2013 3:19 PM
    Typical GB fans. Always back to Superbowl rings.
    Superbowls are won by teams not individuals. Clay did not win a Superbowl by himself. Worst argument ever. Clay cant hold a candle to Jared Allen

    —————————————————————————————————————————————————— for the last time, go to nfl.com look up career stat’s compare jared allen’s first 4 years to cm3’s first 4 years. 61 games 42.5 sacks vs 55 games 42.5 sacks. sounds pretty even to me. now troll’s please allow packers fans to enjoy this and stop sounding scared because of it.

  26. inyofaceagain says:
    Apr 17, 2013 3:00 PM
    Clay Matthews sacks since 2009: 42

    Jared Allen sacks since 2009: 60

    —————————————————————————————————————————————————– most people i know compare apples to apples, look at both their first 4 years…doh 42.5 appiece

  27. Love this guy. Rogers too but lets face it. Green Bay does not have deep pockets to play with the big boys and between these two contracts you’ve got 35 % of your money tied up and 51 plus 8 players who also want a payday.
    Thus, you lose the good players who leave for bigger pay and replace them with bums. That only works so long.
    They lost Jenkins and brought in 3 different players to replace him and its failed miserable. Two of them have been bench sitters for three years with recurring injuries when you had a pro bowl guy you let go due to money.

  28. let’s look at the facts shall we, so far cm3 has 55 games for 42.5 sacks. mullet man in purple’s first 4 season’s he played 61 games for 42.5 sacks. seem’s pretty even to me, and for those of you saying but look at what the mullet rider has done lately, cm3 is younger and this was a good decision by greenbay. cm3 is a game changer and as much as people want to talk about ped’s or anything else they wouldn’t complain if he was on there team. good signing GB and congrats cm3. now whip some arse this year.

    —-

    This argument makes no sense. U are confusing yourself. I made it simple.
    Since Clay joined the league Jared has 18 more sacks than him. Its that simple. Green Bay fans have a way of spewing nonsense like its logical

  29. I hope there’s a clause in there making him keep his hair short. Vince Lombardi would like that.

  30. With all due respect for Allen, he plays with a top 3 defensive line year in and year out! Clay does it all on his own through hard work ethic and relentless effort. And for those who hate and say he takes hgh……….just because you are great at what you do and work really hard to do it doesnt mean hes cheating! Bet you wish he was on your squad, dont HATE!

  31. I have the Pack at 6-10 this year. They still have at least 12 guys on the team I consider deadwood. Rogers will not be working miracles this year because he will find himself on his ass all day long or injured on the sidelines. He was sacked 51 times last year. Some O line there. They only have one, 100 yard rushing game. Some running back core there. They gave up huge yardage in both run and pass defense.

  32. whatjusthapped says:Apr 17, 2013 3:22 PM

    Notice how one team in the division is doing things right by re-signing their star players and the inferior franchise to the West is losing their best players because they can’t resign them?
    _______

    Which of our best players did we lose because we can’t resign them? We cut Winfield. Wanted him back for less but he only has one year left. We traded Harvin for a king’s ransom and signed Jennings away from your club.

  33. You can compare Jared and Clays first 4 years and they are indeed about equal. However, since Clay joined the league, Jared has had superior stats. You can spin that whichever way you like but statistically Jared is the far better player

  34. gbprideandglory13 says:Apr 17, 2013 3:47 PM

    With all due respect for Allen, he plays with a top 3 defensive line year in and year out! Clay does it all on his own through hard work ethic and relentless effort. And for those who hate and say he takes hgh……….just because you are great at what you do and work really hard to do it doesnt mean hes cheating! Bet you wish he was on your squad, dont HATE!
    —-
    Id love to have clay with the Vikings but it doesnt change the fact that he took HGH. Google the side by side image of him working out while at USC. One shows pre HGH and the other shows a virtual Hulk within a years span.

  35. “I wish I didn’t have Clay Matthews signed to a long-term deal….”

    … said no team ever.

    No-brainer move for the Packers.

  36. vikescry1 says: Apr 17, 2013 3:44 PM

    inyofaceagain says:
    Apr 17, 2013 3:00 PM
    Clay Matthews sacks since 2009: 42

    Jared Allen sacks since 2009: 60

    —————————————————————————————————————————————————– most people i know compare apples to apples, look at both their first 4 years…doh 42.5 appiece

    —————————————————–

    OK, by that logic, Christian Ponder is a much better quarterback than Aaron Rodgers if you compare their first two years!

  37. Contra, I believe that Kaepernik’s big runs were almost all to the side of the field where Erik Walden was being distracted by shiny objects, not to the side where Matthews was playing. Anyway, you’ll forgive me if I prefer to think of the time he pulled the ball out of AP’s grasp and took it in for a TD.
    Jared Allen is very good, but if Matthews could have played against some of the converted Guards and third string OTs that the Packers have had to put in front of Allen at times, he’d have a few more sacks also.

  38. Rick Spielman is a Magician says:Apr 17, 2013 3:51 PM

    Which of our best players did we lose because we can’t resign them? We cut Winfield. Wanted him back for less but he only has one year left. We traded Harvin for a king’s ransom and signed Jennings away from your club.

    ———

    Jennings was a good signing – although I’m a little worried about his injury history, not to mention his sister’s tweets….

  39. All opinions aside, until he actually fails any type of PED test, CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN!!!!#discountdoublecheck #HATERS

  40. Don’t compare Matthews and Allen. Both terrific players, but they play different roles. In addition to rushing the passer and setting the edge, Matthews has coverage resonsibilities so his opportunities for pass rushing are more limited than Allen’s.

    Not taking anything away from Jared, he’s been great, but all things considered I think Matthews has done really well and any team would want a guy like that on the roster.

  41. kidpresentable says: Apr 17, 2013 3:13 PM

    Whoa, that’s a lot of money for HGH – said by Viking fans who conveniently ignore Adrian Peterson’s miraculous comeback from a major knee injury last season.

    —————————————————–

    Look it up. Steroids are bad on bones and ligaments. It wouldn’t have helped him bounce back.

    You wanna talk HGH, look at Matthew’s college career. All of a sudden he is a top prospect in his final year at USC when he was garbage before that. Can we say “juicer”?

  42. @contra, spielmanmagic, vikescry, all packer fans.

    Jared Allen has averaged .82 sacks per game in his career and Clay Matthews has averaged .73 sacks per game. They are both studs. I think Allen probably has the edge right now, but Matthews is still pretty young so it remains to be seen who is better once both ther careers are done. Knock it off already. Sheesh.

  43. BTW rushing the passer is not all he does, hes a freak he plays the run well, can be in covereage when he HAS to be and causes TO, and changes the other teams game plan because he is so effective every week! The opposing team always knows where he is and is worried about him more than any other defensive player in the division.

  44. immafubared says: Apr 17, 2013 3:50 PM

    I have the Pack at 6-10 this year.

    _____

    Based first sentence alone I didn’t need to read any further absurd gibberish. 6-10 huh…..I’ll gladly take that bet any day of the week.

  45. 75% of the leagues pro bowlers were not STUDS in College! does that mean they are all on HGH?

  46. I take issue with the people on here ripping the team for putting “all that money” into 2 players when a game takes 22.

    What the hell do you expect them to do? Should teams just let their best players walk away so someone else can sign them? Should they take that money and give more to mediocre players across the board? Of course not! You’re foolish if you think giving all that money to a couple of guys isn’t a wise decision.

    While I agree that all NFL players are grossly overpaid on all levels, the game is what it is. The market dictates how much a player will receive. In order to compete, teams need to retain at least a few high value players and surround them with as many complimentary guys as they can. Yes, there is a balancing act of not signing too many big name guys that hinder your ability to bring in the middle tier players, but writing it off completely is just stupid.

    If we went with the mentality of “you can’t put all your money in just a couple of guys” logic, more teams would be like Jacksonville and wouldn’t be competitive on ANY level.

  47. @vikescry – you make a valid point re: GB’s only rusher being Clay. (I especially like the folding chair comment). I guess it’s premature to argue that Clay is crippling GB’s cap because aside from Clay and AR, there’s really nobody else on GB who’s worth big salary at this very point in time. (obviously, young guys like Cobb, Nelson, Raji, etc. will warrant discussion but that convo is not for today).

    BTW – to the Packer / Vike fans arguing Allen vs. Clay, you can’t compare their $$ worth because they are different ages. Big contracts pay for future performance. Allen wouldn’t get the big payday because he’s much older and unlikely to live up to it.

  48. Misleading to think JA is a better player based upon sacks alone.

    Since 2009 per nfl.com

    JA – 59.5 sacks, 171 tackles, 16 passes defended, 4 INT’s, 1 TD

    CM – 42.5 sacks, 160 tackles, 22 passes defended 4 INT’s, 2 TD’s

    They seem to be rather evenly matched. Then you compare the other things – the line JA’s played with has been HEADS and SHOULDERS above what Clay has to play with.

    It’s not fair to say Clay’s better than Allen due to the fact he has a SB ring but in that SB Clay showed up huge. 3 tackles, pass deflection, and a forced fumble that completely changed the momentum of the game. We don’t know if Allen would or not.

    Course Clay doesn’t have any DUI’s to Allen’s 3 either…

  49. Dude deserves the cash… He’s been getting it done in spite of not having a Osi/JPP/Kevin Williams to compliment him….

    Could you imagine the kind of season Clay could have if Nick Perry and some of our Defensive Tackles step it up…. Lot less double teams, more 1 on 1 opportunities… Dude would probably average closer to 20 sacks a season compared to the 12 a season.

  50. It’s a story about the Packers, so you know you’re going to see about half the comments coming from Vikings fans over-compensating for their terrible franchise that has never won anything.

  51. The packers must be doing something right considering the last 20 plus years they are one of the winningest franchises in the NFL along with the Pats/Steelers/Colts, but most people are too blinded to see that.

  52. Are they going to sign Desmond bishop to that kind of money too? He’s just as valueable as Matthews.

    Peterson ran the ball down their throats last year because bishop was not there.

    Should be interesting if they sign raji.

  53. Vikings fans arent even smart enough to realize they should be happy that a team in their own division is over paying a player they think isn’t worth the $. I’ve watched one or 2 packer games where opposing teams double team that overpaid player.

  54. Everyone implying that teams like Green Bay and Baltimore can’t afford other players after they give good deals to proven players are just stupid. If your teams could get players like that they would do the same thing!

    The good organazations draft & develop their players and if they should be fortunate enough to have a very good” (or better) a future HOF; those players get PAID.. Find bargain free agents and guys who didn’t fit with a certain team and coach em up! The BAD organazations (Miami Cleveland Raiders) over-pay for those players that good teams can’t keep, because of the salary cap.

  55. Where does Matthews rank for sacks in the past 5 years? Top 10? Top 5? That would surprise me. How about tackles? I’d say middle of the pack at best. Way over paid. He’s good. Yes. But he simply isn’t one of the best. $13 mil for a guy that isn’t even the best in his own division.

  56. I remember Clay Matthews forcing a fumble against the Steelers in the 2nd half of the Super Bowl which turned the momentum back to the Packers.

    Put that in your stupid meaningless stat columns Jared Allen lovers.

  57. Thats 13 mil in new money smart guy, his avg per year will be around 11 mil. Thats not too bad for this player.

    I guess some people lives suck so bad that they have to come on PFT to talk smack just to make themselves feel better.

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