GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Green Bay Packers have announced Wednesday that star linebacker Clay Matthews has signed a contract extension with the team.
“Clay has been a productive member of our team and we are pleased to be able to come to an agreement that will extend his Packers career,” Packers GM Ted Thompson said in a statement.
A source tells the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that it's a five-year deal worth $66 million, keeping him under contract through 2018. That would make Matthews the highest-paid linebacker in the NFL.
“Congratulations to Clay, who has quickly developed into a core member of our team,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said in a statement. “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, who was drafted out of Southern California in the first round (No. 26 overall) by the Packers with the second of their two first-round selections in 2009, is the only player in franchise history to be named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons in the league.
He has registered 42.5 sacks since entering the league in ’09, ranking No. 5 in the NFL over that span, and has finished in the top five in the league in sacks two of the last three seasons.
Matthews has played in 58 games during his four seasons in the league with 55 starts and has recorded 270 tackles (191 solo), four interceptions (two TD returns), 23 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries (one returned for a TD).