Clay Matthews took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to announce that he has signed a contract extension with the Green Bay Packers. Matthews actually tweeted a picture of himself signing the contract, as you can see below:
Matthews used twitter to voice his happiness in staying in Green Bay, but also noted the trivial news considering what occurred in Boston earlier this week. Reports are indicating that Matthews deal is a five-year contract extension. ESPN‘s Adam Schefter has reported that Matthews’ deal is about $65 million in new money and $31 million guaranteed.
The extension for Matthews really comes a no-brainer for the Packers, simply considering the impact that he has had at the linebacker position in Green Bay in such a short amount of time. Matthews is the first player in franchise history to be named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons.
“Congratulations to Clay, who has quickly developed into a core member of our team,” head coach Mike McCarthy said in a team release. “His accomplishments and the example he sets on and off the field will be vital to our continued success. We look forward to the rest of his Packers career.”
Matthews has started 55 of his 58 career games, recording 270 tackles. Matthews already ranks fifth in team history (since 1982) with 42.5 career sacks. Matthews has also forced seven fumbles in his career, while recovering three — one of which was returned for a touchdown.
Long story short, Matthews is off to an incredible start to his NFL playing career and there was no way Green Bay could afford to let him go. The Packers are also reportedly working on attempting to reach a contract extension with starting quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.
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