Found April 18, 2013 on Sports Blog Net:
For all those Green Bay Packer fans who have criticized Ted Thompson for being a cheapskate over the years, the five-year $66 million deal given to Clay Matthews yesterday should prove once and for all that he's not -- it also proves that he knows how to build a winner. Thompson, who enters ninth-year as Packers general manager isn't a lavish spender by any means but he rewards players who deserve it, which is why he didn't hesitate for a second to make Matthews the highest paid linebacker in the National Football League. Matthews deserved the distinction but that's not the only reason why Thompson did it, he did it because it's good business. There are two things that cost more than anything in the NFL, quarterbacks and pass-rushers. You need to have both to win championships and if you get one as good as Matthews, you have to keep him, no matter what the cost. Like any general manager, Thompson has made some good decisions and some bad ones.  The decision to trade up and draft Matthews with the 26th pick of the 2009 NFL Draft was one of his finest (just behind taking a free-falling quarterback from Cal back in 2005), so was signing him to a contract extension. Regardless of what people want to say about the Packers defense -- and trust me a lot has been said and not much of it good this offseason -- as long as Matthews is on it, the potential to wreak havoc and turn into a championship caliber defense exists. As important as Aaron Rodgers is to Green Bay offensively, Matthews is equally important to the defense. Last season in the four games he missed, the defense allowed 5.5 yards per carry. When he returned, that average dipped back down to 3.38 yards per carry. Coincidence? I think not. The former USC standout ranks fifth in the NFL in sacks during his first-four season with a total of 42. 5, yet he is much more than just a pass-rusher. He's just a difference maker and an all-around great defensive player. In four seasons, he has missed just 17 tackles, while also registering four interceptions, seven forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three career defensive touchdowns. The four-time pro-bowl selection may not be the best defensive player in the NFL but he is certainly in the conversation, which is why getting him locked up long-term (through the 2018 season) was essential for the Packers to maintain their recent run of success. Since drafting Matthews in 2009, Green Bay has made the playoffs in four straight seasons and posted a total record of 62-20 (5-3 in playoffs). The team also won the Super Bowl following the 2010 season and no player outside of Rodgers is more responsible for that success then Matthews. The Packer revival in the 1990's was in the most part because of two players -- Brett Favre and Reggie White. This time around the team is built around Rodgers and Matthews, which gives Green Bay arguably the best combination of quarterback/defensive playmaker in the league. And thanks to in large part to Thompson both players will be staying in Green Bay for the foreseeable future. The Matthews deal may not get the same buzz as the flashy new deals to start the free agent frenzy but trust me it's much more significant because as long as the Packers have Matthews and Rodgers (who is close to completing a contract extension of his own) as the cornerstones of their franchise, the team will be a Super Bowl contender and never more than a few pieces away from bringing home another Lombardi Trophy.      

Why Clay Matthews Is Not Worth His New Extension with Green Bay

Before I start, I want to state that I am a huge Clay Matthews fan. Who doesn't love him in the Fathead commercials and his sack celebrations? With that being said, sports contracts shouldn't be about how much you like a player. At the end of the day, franchises are businesses and players should be viewed as assets/liabilities.Matthews signed his new contract with $69.77...

Green Bay Packers, Clay Matthews agreed to $66 million extension

Clay Matthews and the Green Bay Packers have been working on a contract extension for a while now and it appears they finally have a deal. Multiple sources are now reporting the two sides have come to terms on a five-year, $66 million extension that will keep Matthews in Green Bay through 2018. The deal is likely to include more than the $40 million in guaranteed money Dallas Cowboys...

Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers agree to $66 million extension

Clay Matthews and the Green Bay Packers have been working on a contract extension for a while now and it appears they finally have a deal. Multiple sources are now reporting the two sides have come to terms on a five-year, $66 million extension that will keep Matthews in Green Bay through 2018. The deal is likely to include more than the $40 million in guaranteed money Dallas...

Clay Matthews fully deserves to be the highest-paid linebacker in the NFL

While almost everyone else with cap space has spent the offseason trying to upgrade on the free-agent market, the Green Bay Packers have stayed off of the market while focusing instead on taking care of their own key cogs. Quarterback and top offensive weapon Aaron Rodgers is fully expected to sign a long-term extension at some point this offseason, and now top defensive player Clay...

Packers Agree To Long Term Extension With Clay Matthews

Well the Packers now have one big deal, and one huge deal to come.  Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Green Bay Packers and pro bowl linebacker Clay Matthews have agreed to terms on a long term extension. #Packers & LB Clay Matthews have reached an agreement in principle on a long-term extension, per sources. He is expected to sign it today. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April...

Clay Matthews extending stay in Green Bay

The Packers and Clay Matthews have agreed to a 5yr. extension for Matthews to continue his carnage in the Packers linebacking corp. Matthews has become a superstar with his caveman looks and his sack success. In his first 4 yrs in the league, he has accumulated 42.5 sacks. Fox Sports is reporting he signed a deal worth over $65 million, including $31 million guaranteed over 5 yrs...

Packers sign Pro Bowl LB Clay Matthews

The Green Bay Packers have signed star linebacker Clay Matthews to a contract extension. The team announced the move Wednesday without disclosing terms. FOX Sports reported the deal is for five years and worth $13 million per year in new money. Matthews, who was drafted out of Southern California in the first round (No. 26 overall) in 2009, is the only player in franchise history...

Packers re-sign Clay Matthews: Aaron Rodgers soon to follow

Green Bay made Clay Matthews the highest paid LB in the NFL on Wednesday by signing him to a 5-year, $66 million extension.  The deal locks up a huge piece to the Packers’ puzzle and retains an integral part of a defense that has at times lacked consistency. On a team where the number one concern is the lack of a pass rush, paying arguably the NFL’s best linebacker over $13...

Green Bay Packers Will Retain Sam Shields and Continue Work on Long-Term Deal

Lost in the news of the Clay Matthews deal, the Green Bay Packers breathed a sigh of relief on Friday Night when the deadline for teams to sign restricted free agents to offer sheets passed because it means cornerback Sam Shields is almost guaranteed to return to the team for the 2013 season. According the, which cites an NFL source, Shields did not sign an offer...

Clay Matthews signs five year extension with Packers

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews signed a contract extension with the team on Wednesday. Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!… — Clay Matthews III (@ClayMatthews52) April 17, 2013 Fox Sports insider Jay Glazer reported the deal is a five-year contract worth just over $13 million per year...
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