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Clay Matthews: In Green Bay we handle contracts without grumbling

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Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has no reason to complain about his contract, as he’s scheduled to make $69.73 million over the next six years. But even if Matthews hadn’t worked out a new deal with the Packers this week, he says there would be no cause to complain.

Matthews said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that part of the culture the Packers have created in Green Bay is that no one grouses about their contracts, and everyone understands that if you play well, the team takes care of you. Handling things internally worked for Matthews, and that’s the way Matthews says quarterback Aaron Rodgers — who is expected to sign a new deal this offseason that will make him the highest-paid player in the league — will handle his negotiations as well.

We like to keep everything in-house, make sure we handle our business professionally,” Matthews said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “There is not a lot of buzz around these contract negotiations, as well as Aaron’s here in the near future. So I’m sure we will wake up one day and hopefully they will announce he is the highest-paid quarterback. In the meantime, you are not going to be hearing much grumbling from anyone.”

Matthews, who arrived in Green Bay as the Packers’ first-round pick in the 2009 NFL draft, said it has been impressed upon him from Day One that the Packers want guys who will work hard on the field and carry themselves well off the field.

“I think that is one of the most important things they look at,” Matthews said. “Obviously, you need to have athletic ability and be able to help this team, but for the most part, you look at the players up and down the board, it’s very rare that you are going to find a Packer get into trouble or saying something outlandish.”

That’s been a winning approach for the Packers.

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86 Responses to “Clay Matthews: In Green Bay we handle contracts without grumbling”
  1. jhein23 says: Apr 20, 2013 4:58 PM

    Cue the Minnesota Vikings fans who are absolutely obsessed with the Packers to make some comments about Johnny Jolly.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 20, 2013 4:59 PM

    Yeah no grumbling until the player doesn’t get what he wants. It’s easy to do if you play on a team that likes to overpay it’s players. Why would a Packer complain? The only guy who didn’t get overpaid this year was Charles Woodson, yet he’s a grumbler now. Amazing how that works.

  3. jrebar88 says: Apr 20, 2013 5:00 PM

    Well, when your bff Rodgers pulls a Flacco you and him can live happily ever after in Green Bay. Hope they enjoyed the Super Bowl they won 3 years ago.

  4. rooneyruleblues says: Apr 20, 2013 5:01 PM

    Green Bay is a hole. Nobody with a big IQ or makes 100+ would live there. What a joke.

  5. krenshaws says: Apr 20, 2013 5:01 PM

    This is a contract the Packers will regret. He has already missed significant time due to injuries very early in his career. I predict he gets cut within the first 3 years of that contract.

  6. kylexitron says: Apr 20, 2013 5:03 PM

    Aw special snowflakes.

    If only you handled losses and calls by the replacement officials the same way.

  7. jhein23 says: Apr 20, 2013 5:03 PM

    Clay Matthews was ranked the #1 outside linebacker in the NFL against the pass and the run last season by Pro Football Focus by a wide margin too. ‘But he’s so overrated and 1 dimensional. Every team runs to his side.’ People who say this obviously don’t watch Packers games.

  8. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Apr 20, 2013 5:04 PM

    He nailed it

  9. sdchicken says: Apr 20, 2013 5:05 PM

    I guess Jermichael Finley missed that meeting.

  10. cursindaily says: Apr 20, 2013 5:06 PM

    “Green Bay is a hole. Nobody with a big IQ or makes 100+ would live there. What a joke.”

    Nobody with a big IQ measures IQ by size, either.

  11. thesteelers says: Apr 20, 2013 5:07 PM

    Yet, here you are grumbling.

  12. bigblue5611 says: Apr 20, 2013 5:08 PM

    Hey Clay enjoy being overpaid I’ve never seen a defense play worse in a playoff game……Horrendous D

  13. thesteelers says: Apr 20, 2013 5:08 PM

    We have rings that matter. You don’t and never will.

    Deal with your loserness.

  14. steelergold says: Apr 20, 2013 5:10 PM

    Up to the point when he doesn’t get want he wants. Then he’d cry like the little girl he is.

    Get a haircut !

  15. bigbluemagoo says: Apr 20, 2013 5:10 PM

    that’s because there only 3 reporters in green bay wisconsin that place has a population of 14,278 people #lookitup

  16. jredshoes says: Apr 20, 2013 5:11 PM

    We handle things professionally. That’s easy to say when you get someone to pay you $69 million. I’d like to see him spend $15 on that for a haircut

  17. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 20, 2013 5:14 PM

    A measly $70 million, and Clay doesn’t utter a word of complaint. What a trooper.

  18. kevingreene160sacknoHOFclub says: Apr 20, 2013 5:14 PM

    I think Aaron Rodgers is grumbling over a couple million. Because 22 just isn’t enough.

  19. fi1thymcnasty1 says: Apr 20, 2013 5:20 PM

    Cue all the haters who will say something nasty about The Claymaker. You wish you had majestic locks and biceps like that…

    The contract environment is just another example of Green Bay’s reign of superiority over the league. Ted Thompson – another example. The party atmosphere on game day – yet another. I can fit all my buds in my camper on game day for drinks, or whatever. And we’re less than 100 yards from the gate. It’s called “tailgaiting”, maybe you’ve heard of it. PACKERS!

  20. djcoreylee says: Apr 20, 2013 5:21 PM

    Everyone get on your “Smart Phone” and start to text a bunch of people you hardly know…or do..welcome to the NFL!

  21. seatownballers says: Apr 20, 2013 5:21 PM

    Steeler fans are the biggest bunch of trash talkers ever. Lighten up, its only a conversation

  22. PowerMad says: Apr 20, 2013 5:23 PM

    Of course, it’s not just John Jolly. Remember Mark Chmura? Or Tony Mandarich? It doesn’t stop there. Remember when the Golden Boy, Paul Hornung, had to sit out an entire season under the legendary St. Vince Lombardi for gambling on the game? The Packers ought to receive plaudits for maintaining an upright culture. But when Packer Nation decides to foist its unfounded sense of righteousness on other teams, they do so in willful ignorance of their own franchise’s sordid chapters. You wanna hate on other teams for ugly off-field incidents? Fine. But don’t act like your s*^# doesn’t smell.

  23. swashbucklin says: Apr 20, 2013 5:23 PM

    No reason to grumble when you get the biggest LB contract in history I guess

  24. onbucky96 says: Apr 20, 2013 5:25 PM

    Yeah. He wasn’t here for Javon Walker, Mike McKenzie, etc.

  25. rgledz says: Apr 20, 2013 5:33 PM

    Considering the fact that everybody in Green Bay is a Packer rube…..who’s gonna report any wrong doings to the media??? A Packer could rob a liquor store in Green Bay (there’s many to choose from….it’s Wisconsin) and the owner would thank him for picking his store. Try playing in a major market with a real media presence and see how that “nothing but good guys” crap goes. Nobody whines more than that team…and it starts with the coach. So get off of your high horse Clay and go deep condition your hair or something.

  26. anicra says: Apr 20, 2013 5:35 PM

    “Clay Matthews was ranked the #1 outside linebacker in the NFL against the pass and the run last season by Pro Football Focus by a wide margin too. ‘But he’s so overrated and 1 dimensional. Every team runs to his side.’ People who say this obviously don’t watch Packers games.”

    Not even close – Spencer was #1 on 3-4olb and Von Miller was ranked OLB (granted 4-3) ranked light years ahead of everyone. A score to 78.5 to 20.9

  27. larrydavid7000 says: Apr 20, 2013 5:36 PM

    and you over pay for useless talent as well in green bay. see you week 2 when my Redskins embarrass you and the rest of you peckers.

  28. squared80 says: Apr 20, 2013 5:38 PM

    Easy to say that when you’re overpaid. I guess he forgot about all the Packers who left the organization because of contract disputes. Ah, ignorance is bliss, eh Clay?

  29. inyofaceagain says: Apr 20, 2013 5:42 PM

    I wouldn’t complain about 13 mill a year either

  30. melbatoast123 says: Apr 20, 2013 5:44 PM

    Is there a team the media slobbers over more than the Packers? Every time I see another one of these “Packer way” infomercials/articles, I want to puke. I’m not even a Vikings or Bears fan and I root for them every time they play GB.

  31. Little Earthquake says: Apr 20, 2013 5:48 PM

    On the other hand, plenty of grumbling from Packer haters.

  32. sixjak says: Apr 20, 2013 5:50 PM

    jhein23 says:
    Apr 20, 2013 5:03 PM
    Clay Matthews was ranked the #1 outside linebacker in the NFL against the pass and the run last season by Pro Football Focus by a wide margin too. ‘But he’s so overrated and 1 dimensional. Every team runs to his side.’ People who say this obviously don’t watch Packers games.

    ___________

    Excuse me bro but the last Packer game you and I both watched your boy got schooled by a 2nd year QB who had 9 starts under his belt. Do you remember how your Clay bear looked slow? The rest of us do.

  33. jg725 says: Apr 20, 2013 5:50 PM

    thesteelers says:
    Apr 20, 2013 5:08 PM
    We have rings that matter. You don’t and never will.

    Deal with your loserness.

    wow – why all the hate from pitt???
    Btw – “loserness”? you might want to spend a little more time reading instead of being so bitter about a contract from a player on another team in a different conference……..

  34. jg725 says: Apr 20, 2013 5:53 PM

    rooneyruleblues says:
    Apr 20, 2013 5:01 PM
    Green Bay is a hole. Nobody with a big IQ or makes 100+ would live there. What a joke.

    Hard to believe someone from the town of pittsburgh would make this comment…….. pot – kettle…..

  35. jintzforever says: Apr 20, 2013 5:57 PM

    Overpaid. Watch three years from now when he is just another LB.

  36. 7ransponder says: Apr 20, 2013 6:02 PM

    jhein23 says:
    Apr 20, 2013 4:58 PM
    Cue the Minnesota Vikings fans who are absolutely obsessed with the Packers to make some comments about Johnny Jolly.

    ——————–

    I’d just like to point out the fact that, once again, a Pack fan has mentioned the Vikings before any Vikings fans posted, just like they do on Vikings stories.

    Clay isn’t grumbling because he got his. Rodgers isn’t grumbling because he knows he’ll get his too. There’s no grumbling because nobody’s payday is being affected by these mega contracts…. yet.

  37. arejaye57 says: Apr 20, 2013 6:02 PM

    somewhere Aaron Rodgers is staring in a mirror telling himself how great he is.

  38. krenshaws says: Apr 20, 2013 6:03 PM

    He sure did a lot against AD last year

  39. cusoman says: Apr 20, 2013 6:05 PM

    jhein23 says:
    Apr 20, 2013 4:58 PM
    Cue the Minnesota Vikings fans who are absolutely obsessed with the Packers to make some comments about Johnny Jolly.

    ——————–

    I’d just like to point out that a Packer fan made this about the Vikings before a Vikings fan even posted anything at all, just like they do about their team on Vikings threads. Insecurity burns, eh?

    Clay isn’t grumbling because he got his. Rodgers isn’t grumbling because he will get his. No other players are grumbling because those mega contracts don’t affect their paydays… yet.

  40. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 20, 2013 6:09 PM

    I’m glad Clay didn’t grumble, or complain that he was being treated like a modern day slave the way that putz Adrian Peterson did.

  41. packhawk04 says: Apr 20, 2013 6:13 PM

    Look at matthews numbers each year, and look at his yearly salaries. Then, name me someone else who wouldnt complain. Thanks.

  42. fi1thymcnasty1 says: Apr 20, 2013 6:19 PM

    So many Clay haters. Like you all wouldn’t hang out with him if he’d let you.

  43. threedeep1998 says: Apr 20, 2013 6:19 PM

    Didn’t Walden get arrested in 2011?

  44. hodag54501 says: Apr 20, 2013 6:19 PM

    “Green Bay is a hole. Nobody with a big IQ or makes 100+ would live there. What a joke.”
    And yet the ‘hole’ has the most NFL titles, is a foundation of the very league you apparently follow, has produced dozens of Hall of Fame players, many of whom still live in the Green Bay area.
    Without falling into the trap of arguing the specialness of Green Bay, suffice to say a person who generalizes about IQ’s shouldn’t throw stones.

  45. vikingsvoice says: Apr 20, 2013 6:21 PM

    Jermichael Finley disagrees.

  46. censoredagain says: Apr 20, 2013 6:22 PM

    Too bad they dont handle losing without grumbling. They’d rather make excuses along the lines of “We beat ourselves”

  47. prmpft says: Apr 20, 2013 6:23 PM

    blah, blah, blah – this would have been a completely different title if they did not give him what he wanted…

  48. jimiinpa says: Apr 20, 2013 6:28 PM

    lets see how you act when this contracd ends

  49. thejuddstir says: Apr 20, 2013 6:34 PM

    With B.S. like that, now I know Matthews is on the juice. Ted Thompson’s goal is to try and keep the Packers competitive year in and year out and if a SB happens to fall in their laps like it did in 2010, that’s icing on the cake. In 2010 the Pack was not a dominating team, in fact were about an average team with a bad enough record that they backed into the playoffs and then got hot for 4 games. As soon as a disgruntled packer player’s agent rebuffs a contract offer from TT, that player is sent packing period……….no time to grumble….except they did miss a beat with Mr. Self-Proclaimed All World Jermichael Finley. Also, it’s easy to say Matthews when you “got yours”.

  50. jhein23 says: Apr 20, 2013 6:37 PM

    Clay was ranked #1 OLB in a 3/4 defense by ProFootballFocus in 12 games he played by a wide margin. So yes Von Miller much better ranking but he plays in a 4-3. Spencer only ranked #1 based on 16 games – not 12 like Clay played.

    Sorry for not clarifying – let the Packers hate roll on. It’s not like they don’t have the best overall record in the NFL over the past 20 years including 2 SB championships. Most franchises would gladly take that.

  51. onekumar says: Apr 20, 2013 6:46 PM

    It’s easy to do when you have a good front office. Seems that GB tries it’s best to be upfront with players and rewards people who opt into the non diva system. I think all teams can get behind that concept.

  52. swaggyy says: Apr 20, 2013 6:46 PM

    This is pretty much how the entire NFL is besides a few teams. No idea why this is news. Overpaid one trick pony

    I do recall Josh sitton sending a pretty immature tweet to golden Tate and Rodgers saying some stuff after the game too. So this article is pretty false. Oh yeah didn’t one of those cheese heads get arrested a few years ago for a bunch of coke and jermichael Finley was pretty vocal about getting paid. Hmmmmmm

  53. wludford says: Apr 20, 2013 6:47 PM

    Matthews just got paid $70 million to pass that message on… to Finley and the rest of the team that either has, or will be, grumbling about their contracts and the fact that GB doesn’t have any salary cap left for big deals after #12 signs his new one.

  54. blitzkrueger says: Apr 20, 2013 6:50 PM

    I love how all these pathetic homers go on here and post ridiculous comments about a storied franchise like green bay. I love football and love watching and rooting for different teams weekend to weekend. Of course I have a favorite team that I will always root for over everyone, but to talk crap about the population of a city or any of the other mindless crap that has been posted is pointless. It also seems to me like steelers fans have a superiority complex. Get over yourselves already.

  55. jimnsota says: Apr 20, 2013 6:50 PM

    As a Vikings fan Im glad the “Claymaker” got paid. GB tied up a healthy contract for a above average player. The only player teams fear on GB is Arodg. He deserves to be the highest paid QB in the NFL. Besides that even GB fans know they overpaid for Clabio.

  56. jhein23 says: Apr 20, 2013 6:58 PM

    Steelers fans still really bitter off the big L they took in the SB a few years ago to the Packers.

  57. lionsdraftguy says: Apr 20, 2013 7:00 PM

    Yeah no grumblings about contracts in Green Bay, and if there were the refs would probably be there to help them out with that too.

  58. brentspeckmannbutthumps says: Apr 20, 2013 7:01 PM

    bigblue5611 says:Apr 20, 2013 5:08 PMHey Clay enjoy being overpaid I’ve never seen a defense play worse in a playoff game……Horrendous D

    Were you referring to the arizona game in 09, the giants game in 2011, or the 49ers this past season?

  59. gslumbers says: Apr 20, 2013 7:10 PM

    Straight up message for rooneyruleblues:

    Your a tool. Go practice falling down, cuz w/ that attitude: if you’re around people, they’ll be swinging at you.

  60. trojanwarrior007 says: Apr 20, 2013 7:10 PM

    Shawne Merriman v2.0

  61. n0hopeleft says: Apr 20, 2013 7:23 PM

    What about when your team gets eliminated from the playoffs Clay? Are you quiet then? Or do you say that you beat yourselves?

    Spoken like a true saucebag.

  62. gbmickey says: Apr 20, 2013 7:33 PM

    Appears to me all the whining is coming from jealous fans who wish they had a franchise as successful as the Packers.

  63. boscoesworld says: Apr 20, 2013 7:33 PM

    The folks who talk about the players that left in “contract disputes” apparently don’t pay attention. They are no longer with the team for just the reason Clay states. They took their mess public and the team said don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya! Finley is the exception but most of his talk comes from his sister so he will end up playing with the Bears or Vikes.

  64. GenXJay says: Apr 20, 2013 7:46 PM

    Cheese Crumbles/not grumbles, FatHead spokesman.

  65. jhtobias says: Apr 20, 2013 7:49 PM

    Viking fan needs a fix go sign another over the hill packer .. you still can get woodson or maybe antonio freeman will sign

  66. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Apr 20, 2013 7:58 PM

    The packers must keep their defense and running game in-house too, since they never show up on the field.

  67. thejuddstir says: Apr 20, 2013 8:19 PM

    Too damn funny Matthews, you got your’s, Rodgers will get his and that will take up a huge share of the salary cap so now when players like Raji etc.are ready for a new contract they are suppose to remember what “the claymaker said”, . I got a feeling Matthews comments aren’t sitting too well with other packer players waiting to get paid.

  68. axespray says: Apr 20, 2013 8:27 PM

    melbatoast123 says:
    Apr 20, 2013 5:44 PM
    “Is there a team the media slobbers over more than the Packers? Every time I see another one of these “Packer way” infomercials/articles, I want to puke. I’m not even a Vikings or Bears fan and I root for them every time they play GB.”
    ——————————————-
    20 years with only 2 losing seasons – ton of talent found in the draft, small market town standing it’s own against the Jerry Jones types …

    Like seeing a Ma & Pa shop hold it’s own against Wal-Mart….

    by the way, if you’re that bothered by “informercials” about the Packer way, then don’t bother clicking on the article – dope.

  69. axespray says: Apr 20, 2013 8:30 PM

    gbmickey says:
    Apr 20, 2013 7:33 PM
    “Appears to me all the whining is coming from jealous fans who wish they had a franchise as successful as the Packers.”
    ———————————-
    “nah-ah! ClayGay and the FudgePackers are going down – Da’ BEARS Da’BEARS – Greg Jennings left Green BAY cauze it’s a town – Now he’s in The greatzezt city ever – Minneapolsi and he’s gonna win games and avergage 200 yards a game –
    ka-durrh!?!?”

    – every Packer Hating Troll comment ever.

  70. blueballzny says: Apr 20, 2013 8:34 PM

    Hahaha. If only the Packers could handle losing in the playoffs without whining.

    By the way, it sounds like Clay is doing a little petitioning for his special friend Aaron Rodgers there. Might Clay be going back on his word already? I’m sure he will be singing a different tune the second G.B. has trouble signing him long term.

  71. gammynomnom says: Apr 20, 2013 8:38 PM

    clay..shut up
    signed the free world.

  72. aaronitout says: Apr 20, 2013 8:43 PM

    I really don’t understand all the hate. Who among you fans wouldn’t gladly see your team dish out the exact same contract to CMIII? The only team I can think of that would take a pass on the contract would be San Francisco. ALL OTHER TEAMS 3-4 or 4-3 would take him.

  73. darkglobe1 says: Apr 20, 2013 8:53 PM

    I can’t wait until he gets busted for steroids

  74. philtration says: Apr 20, 2013 9:19 PM

    The Packer save their best whining for after a lose.

    “We beat ourselves”
    “The refs cheated us”
    “It was that time of the month and we were cramping”

  75. kabasaman says: Apr 20, 2013 9:34 PM

    Why is this dude just weird? The hair must be a trademark of somekind: Tutie, Fruti.

  76. jprcox says: Apr 20, 2013 10:53 PM

    Don’t you just love to hear something like that from a guy who is now one of the highest paid LB in the game??

    Lets ask the other guys how they like their contracts? WOW.

  77. wgray981 says: Apr 20, 2013 11:24 PM

    Haha all these QBs signing huge contracts are just hurting their own teams. That’s why the Patriots are consistently good, they don’t spend all their money on Brady.

  78. spedman24 says: Apr 21, 2013 12:03 AM

    Unlike the giants the Packers handle contracts w/class

  79. vincelombardisghost says: Apr 21, 2013 8:17 AM

    What’s with all the comments about Mathews being on HGH? There’s no evidence of such. All of us wish we were Clay and had his life and money. Why the jealousy? Good for him. He’s a fine player, keeps out of trouble and represents his team and league in a responsible way. I admire him.

  80. bert1913 says: Apr 21, 2013 8:27 AM

    “In Green Bay we handle contracts without grumbling”
    says the guy that got what he wanted.

    let’s wait for his next contract after he is older and slower to see what he has to say about green bay.

  81. chi01town says: Apr 21, 2013 9:29 AM

    Please he wont be there long enough to collect, as much as he get hurt the packers gone start pulling that money back the first game he miss.

  82. seals1 says: Apr 21, 2013 10:42 AM

    Clay, really. Easy to say after housing all that cash. After 12 signs his deal lets see how many guys will stick around for less just to play with you. Please- delusional nfl player number 784.

  83. wilsonwillbreaku says: Apr 21, 2013 2:17 PM

    Shut up and take some more HGH…or deer antler spray…or whatever we find out you’ve been taking when it comes out one of these days.

  84. eightandeightlions says: Apr 21, 2013 6:34 PM

    Why do you as s hats delete posts with absolutely no offensive content, no name calling, no tos violations, no negativity. Just comments on football

    Better yet, why not delete the obvious trolling posts that you don’t touch, if you MUST delete something?

  85. cornerblitz says: Apr 23, 2013 5:15 PM

    eightandeightlions says:
    Apr 21, 2013 6:34 PM

    Why do you as s hats delete posts with absolutely no offensive content, no name calling, no tos violations, no negativity. Just comments on football

    Better yet, why not delete the obvious trolling posts that you don’t touch, if you MUST delete something?

    ===========================

    Worth re-stating, yet again. Was deleted the last time, bet it happens again! You know, you would be better off just getting rid of comments all together. Or as some else recently pointed out, link them to some kind of method of validation so we all know who they really are. That would fix nearly all of the less than constructive negativity and name calling. I just really don’t understand why y’all delete some of the posts here that are completely football related and thought provoking but leave the most asinine, thoughtless trash posted probably by some adolescent under-achiever.

  86. gbpack50 says: Apr 26, 2013 6:50 AM

    It’s great to be on top, losers always throw bombs at you! For the redskins fan, the redskins running all over the Pack?? I’m sure your little R2D2 quarterback will make sure he is still hurt for that game.

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