Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/19/13

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)
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 million in new money over the next six years, making him the NFL's higest paid linebacker. Matthews would have made $3.73 million this season before he signed his extension, but now he's making $22 million in 2013. Let's not forget the Packers are also working on a contract extension with Arron Rodgers, which may make him the highest paid quarterback in NFL history. The Packers are just eating away at their salary cap this season and it can only hurt them in the long run.I'm not sure about anyone else but I'm a little worried when players who suffer injuries during the end of a season get front-loaded, long-term con...
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