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17 Apr 2013

Clay Matthews Signs Extension With Packers

Reportedly the terms are: five years, $66 million, with $31 million of that guaranteed. It will kick in after this coming season.

Pretty much a no-brainer to extend Matthews. What I find more interesting about this is the juxtaposition between what guys like Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett got on the free-agent market and Matthews' deal. I don't think either of those players are better than Matthews, but from a risk-management standpoint, would you rather have them at that price?

Here's another (somewhat related) fun read, at the National Football Post, from former agent Jack Bechta on what happened to this year's free-agent class.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 17 Apr 2013

5 comments, Last at 19 Apr 2013, 11:40pm by LionInAZ


by justanothersteve :: Thu, 04/18/2013 - 7:26am

It depends. If the cap doesn't go up in a couple years, it will hurt the Packers. But it's expected to, and Bennett and Avril are on very short contracts. They could end up getting just as much as Matthews in two years, in which case CMIII's contract could be a bargain.

by Myran (not verified) :: Thu, 04/18/2013 - 9:44am

Love the article by Jack Bechta. I rarely see things from an agent's perspective and that's some nice insight. Now if we could get the real scoop on the Wes Welker thing.

by Guido Merkens :: Thu, 04/18/2013 - 10:44am

Yeah, that article is probably worth an XP of its own.

by DisplacedPackerFan :: Fri, 04/19/2013 - 12:01pm

For those wondering the caps hits of the deal should be:

2013: $6.71 million (was $4.9 under the old deal)
2014: $11.0 million
2015: $12.7 million
2016: $13.75 million
2017: $15.2 million
2018: $11.4 million

Considering Ray Allen is over $17 million for 2013 those don't seem too bad. It's also my understanding that the new TV starts to escalate after this year. There were reports after the new CBA and new TV deals were signed that the TV money was going to be pretty flat for a few years and start to increase in 2013 and 2014 so the cap should start growing again.

Packers are currently around 17 million under the cap now, Rodgers, if they get the deal done, I'm guessing will chew up another $3-4 million of the 2013 cap (though they may be trying to front load his more into this year, who knows).

Also with being able to carry cap space forwards, as long as you were at the floor, there might be more room than expected as well, but I am interested to see how the CMIII and AR contracts are going to hit the cap going forward and how the team will work around/with them.

by LionInAZ :: Fri, 04/19/2013 - 11:40pm

I don't know about Bennett, but comparing Avril with Matthews seems a bit silly to me. Matthews is much more versatile -- he can rush from both ends of the line, he's good against the run, and he's good dropping back into coverage, none of which can be said for Avril, although Avril may have an edge in forcing turnovers. To me there's little doubt that Matthews merits this salary more.