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Clay Matthews has signed a "long-term extension" with the Packers

Jaclyn Brandt

Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Clay Matthews has signed a "long-term extension" with the Packers

CREATED Apr. 17, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr. 17, 2013

GREEN BAY - Clay Matthews and the Green Bay Packers have made an agreement on his extension.

Matthews tweeted Wednesday afternoon on the news, "Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!" along with a photo of himself signing papers.

“Congratulations to Clay, who has quickly developed into a core member of our team,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “His accomplishments and the example he sets on and off the field will be vital to our continued success. We look forward to the rest of his Packers career.”

"Matthews, who was drafted out of Southern California in the first round (No. 26 overall) by the Packers with the second of their two first-round selections in 2009, is the only player in franchise history to be named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons in the league (2009-12)," said the team. "He has registered 42.5 sacks since entering the league in ’09, ranking No. 5 in the NFL over that span, and has finished in the top five in the league in sacks two of the last three seasons (13.5 in 2010, 13 in 2012)."

"Matthews was due to make $3.73 million in the final year of his contract, but he was expected to see a bump to somewhere around $13 million per year, which would put him in the same neighborhood as the NFL's highest-paid linebacker, Dallas' DeMarcus Ware," said Tom Silverstein with the Journal Sentinel.

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