Clay Matthews will stay with the Green Bay Packers after signing an extension. Terms of the extension weren’t disclosed by the team or by Matthews, but a source confirmed that it’s five years and worth about $65 million.
The deal also includes $31 million guaranteed, according to Fox Sports. The linebacker will receive $22 million by the end of 2013 and $27 million in the next 12 months.
“It feels good,” Matthews said inside the Packers locker room. “It’s funny, because not a whole lot has changed. I’m happy about it, but for me, it’s nice, it’s very humbling and it’s a blessing, but it’s business as usual for me,” he added.
Matthews tweeted a picture of himself signing the contract before it was officially announced by the team.
Matthews was set to earn a base of $3.73 million this season in the final year of his rookie deal, signed after the Packers made him the 26th pick in the 2009 draft
“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.
Matthews, 26, has 42.5 sacks in his four seasons with the Packers, including 13 last season. He has 204 tackles, seven forced fumbles and four interceptions in 58 career games since being drafted out of USC.