While the majority of the contractual spotlight this offseason has focused directly on quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers have another mega deal that's expected to be completed before the start of the 2013 season.
Linebacker Clay Matthews, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, also needs an extension, and it's expected to cost the Packers a pretty penny.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Matthews' new deal will be in the $13 million-a-year range.
When deal for Packers LB Clay Matthews gets done this off-season – and it will – it will come in at or north of $13 million a year in new $.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 3, 2013
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport piggy-backed on Schefter's discovery, reporting that the Packers' offer to Matthews is already richer than DeMarcus Ware's deal.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 3, 2013
Ware is currently the NFL's highest paid linebacker. Matthews will soon take over that title, just as Rodgers is expected to at the quarterback position.
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