Originally written on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 11/19/14

CHICAGO - DECEMBER 13: Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a sack against Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 13, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers defeated the Bears 21-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Clay Matthews has signed a contract extension with the Green Bay Packers. "Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!" Matthews tweeted Wednesday afternoon, along with a picture of him signing his new contract. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that Matthews' deal could be in the 13 million range annually. The Cowboys' DeMarcus Ware has been the highest-paid linebacker in the league at 13 million per year. Before re-signing, Matthews, 26, had one year left on his rookie contract for 3.7 million and would have then been a free agent in the 2014 offseason. Of course, the Packers were never going to let Matthews get away. Green Bay traded up in the 2009 draft to select Matthews with the 26th overall pick. A former walk-on at the University of Southern California, he made an immediate impact in the NFL, finishing with 10 sacks as a rookie. In Matthews' second season, his 13.5 sacks were the fourth-most in the NFL. In th...
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