NFL Packers Sign Linebacker Clay Matthews to Contract Extension

Clay Matthews signed a contract extension with the Green Bay Packers that makes him the highest-paid linebacker in the National Football League, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said.

Matthews, 26, who joined the Packers in 2009, is the only player in Green Bay history selected for the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons in the league, the team said yesterday in an e-mailed release.

Details of the extension were not released by the team. The Journal Sentinel, quoting a person it did not identify, said Matthews will receive $66 million over five years through the 2018 season.

“I’m going to continue to lead this defense,” Matthews said in a news conference. “You’re going to continue to get the same type of player that you have seen, if not better each year.”

Matthews has 42 1/2 career sacks, ranking fifth in the NFL during the past four seasons. He had 13 sacks in 2012.

“Clay has been a productive member of our team and we are pleased to be able to come to an agreement that will extend his Packers career,” General Manager Ted Thompson said in a statement released by the team.

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