Very few people have had a better day today than Clay Matthews.
The 26-year old pass-rusher out of USC announced today via twitter that he would be continuing his career with the Packers by signing an extension worth a reported five year, $65 million deal including $31 million guaranteed.
Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay! twitter.com/ClayMatthews52…
— Clay Matthews III (@ClayMatthews52) April 17, 2013
Many have speculated in recent months that the Denver Broncos would like to lock up their own pass-rusher, Von Miller, with a long term deal within the next two years. It doesn’t take a genius then to draw the parallels between the Matthews deal and what the Broncos may have to shell out for Miller.
In four NFL seasons, Matthews has amassed 42.5 sacks while Miller has already compiled 30 in his first two years of service. If the former second overall pick continues to produce at the level that saw him earn 19.5 sacks in his sophomore campaign, it’s not difficult to imagine his price tag rising into the $15-$18 million range.
With guys like Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, and Wesley Woodyard all looking to finalize deals in the next year, the Broncos may have to move some pieces around to keep their star pass-rusher in orange and blue.
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