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current status: Off season
#52 LB | 6'3", 255 lbs. | Green Bay
Birth Date:May 14, 1986 (27 years old) Place of Birth:Los Angeles, CA Hometown:Agoura Hills, CA College:Southern California
Drafted:Drafted by Green Bay in 2009 (1/26).
Drafted:Drafted by Green Bay in 2009 (1/26).
|Assets:||A good-sized frame for his position and a very explosive specimen. Has superior anticipation, hits hard and has the moves and strength to make plays in the backfield. A playmaker.|
|Flaws:||Tends to be too aggressive at times and overruns some plays. Needs to refine his overall technique in zone coverage (though he's improving) to become a complete package.|
|Career Potential:||Pro Bowl linebacker.|
Career Honors & Awards
|NFL||Super Bowl||2010 (XLV - Green Bay)|
|NFL||Dick Butkus Award||2010|
|NFL||Named to play in Pro Bowl||2012 (did not play - injured), 2011, 2010 (did not play), 2009|
Movements & Injuries
|4/17/2013||Signed by the Green Bay Packers to a five-year contract extension.|
|10/21/2011||Fined $5,000 by the NFL.|
|7/30/2009||Signed by the Green Bay Packers to a five-year contract.|
|4/25/2009||Drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 1st round (26th overall) in 2009.|
Jets only guarantee Matthews $20.5 million | 04/19/2013 2:22 PM
NewsUpdating a previous item, the only guaranteed portion of Clay Matthews' five-year, $66 million extension is his $20.5 million signing bonus.
National Football Post
ImpactThe Packers didn't guarantee any of Matthews' salary. Matthews obviously isn't going to be released in the first two years because the cap hit would be astronomical, but GM Ted Thompson could begin reassessing whether Matthews is worth retaining as soon as 2015. The contract ultimately makes Matthews the NFL's third-highest defender in terms of average annual worth -- behind only Mario Williams and Julius Peppers -- but the guaranteed money is far, far lower.
Pack ink Clay Matthews to five-year extension | 04/17/2013 2:46 PM
NewsPackers agreed to terms with LB Clay Matthews on a five-year contract extension.
Clay Matthews on Twitter
ImpactPer FOX's Jay Glazer, it's worth a "bit north" of $13 million per season. The deal will likely include more than the $40 million guaranteed DeMarcus Ware brought home in 2009. Matthews, who has 43 sacks through his first 58 NFL games, was going into the final year of his rookie contract. The deal could include a fairly sizable 2013 cap hit, as the Pack have worked diligently to keep space open this season. Next on the docket for Green Bay is Aaron Rodgers, who should sign the most lucrative contract in league history.
Report: Clay Matthews 'real close' to deal | 04/15/2013 8:49 AM
NewsNFL.com's Ian Rapoport believes the Packers and Clay Matthews are "real close" to an extension.
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
ImpactMatthews and Aaron Rodgers both wanted new deals by the time Packers OTAs began on Monday, but it appears only Matthews is close. Predictably, the massive money involved has slowed down the Rodgers talks. Both players have a good shot at being extended before camp begins.
Report: Matthews will make more than $13M | 04/03/2013 2:08 PM
NewsESPN's Adam Schefter expects Clay Matthews' contract extension to pay him more than $13 million per season.
Adam Schefter on Twitter
ImpactSchefter also considers a new deal of matter of when, not if. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported last week the sides were close to an agreement. The Packers could have both Matthews and Aaron Rodgers locked up long-term before the draft.
Packers close to extension with Clay Matthews | 03/28/2013 11:18 AM
NewsThe Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the Packers are close to finalizing an extension with Clay Matthews.
ImpactThe Packers opened talks with Matthews at the Combine and are believed to have a deal in place. The expectation is that both Matthews and Aaron Rodgers will be signed to long-term extensions before the draft. Matthews is currently due $3.73 million this season after escalators increased his salary from $1.492 million.
Pack, Matthews ready to talk extension? | 02/19/2013 6:04 PM
NewsThe Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel expects the Packers and Clay Matthews to discuss a contract extension at the Combine.
ImpactEntering the final year of his rookie contract, Matthews is due $3.73 million after escalators increased his salary from $1.492 million. One of the league's premier defenders, Matthews could be angling to become the NFL's highest paid pass-rushing linebacker. The seven-year, $79 million contract Dallas' DeMarcus Ware signed in 2009 included $40 million guaranteed.
Clay Matthews' 2013 salary gets bump up | 01/31/2013 12:33 AM
NewsClay Matthews' 2013 salary increased from $1,492,500 to $3.73 million after he hit escalators in his rookie deal.
ImpactMatthews is entering the final year of his contract and is coming off a 13-sack campaign. He did miss four starts in 2012 with a hamstring injury, but prior to that, Matthews had missed just two games in three years since being the No. 26 overall pick in 2009. The Packers have plenty of candidates for extensions this offseason.
Career Regular Season Statistics
2012 Game Highs
|Tackles||5||at Chi||Week 15||5|
|Assists||3||2 times-last:at Sea||last:Week 3||3|
|Sacks||3.5||vs. Chi||Week 2||2|
|Sacks Yards||29||vs. Chi||Week 2||20|
|Fumble Recoveries||0||12 times-last:at Min||last:Week 17||0|
|Defensive TD||0||12 times-last:at Min||last:Week 17||0|
|Interceptions||0||12 times-last:at Min||last:Week 17||1|
|Interceptions Yards||0||12 times-last:at Min||last:Week 17||38|
|Interceptions TD||0||12 times-last:at Min||last:Week 17||1|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Fumble Recoveries||3||2009 (GB)|
|FR TD||1||2009 (GB)|
|Interceptions Yards||62||2010 (GB)|
|Interceptions TD||1||2 times-last: 2011 (GB)|