GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 18: Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a sack against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on October 18, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 26-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
GM Ted Thompson only likes to window shop during free agency, but he takes care of his own very well.
While working on making Aaron Rodgers the highest paid player in the NFL, he is also going to make linebacker Clay Matthews a very rich man.
According to Chris Wesseling of NFL.com, the Packers are set to surpass Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware’s contract. an 6-yr, $78 million deal. Wessling writes:
‘The Packers' latest offer to Matthews already eclipses DeMarcus Ware's six-year, $78 million contract worth $13 million annually.
In other words, Matthews will become the highest-paid pass-rushing linebacker in the league.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported last week that "everything is in place" for the Packers to put the finishing touches on Matthews' contract. In which case, Thompson could have his best offensive and defensive players locked up with long-term contracts before the 2013 NFL draft later this month.’