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Report: Matthews, Packers agree to long-term deal

Green Bay linebacker recorded 13 sacks in 2012. Joe Fortenbaugh

Print This April 17, 2013, 03:04 PM EST

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews can say goodbye to that five-year rookie contract he signed in 2009.

According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Matthews and the Packers reached an agreement on a new long-term deal Wednesday. The 26-year-old Pro Bowler tweeted a picture of himself signing the contract.

Clay MatthewsICONPackers fans can breathe easy. Clay Matthews has been locked up for the long term.

Financial particulars of the agreement have not yet been made available.

Considered by some at the time to be the third-best USC linebacker to enter the 2009 draft, Matthews has been a beast for the Packers since entering the league in 2009, recording 42.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles and four interceptions in 58 career games.  The former Trojan linebacker has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of his four professional campaigns.

And now that Green Bay has put a bow on the Matthews deal, the organization can turn its attention to franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is poised to soon become the highest-paid player in the National Football League.

Update (3:11pm eastern):  Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports that it's a five-year deal worth a bit more than $13 million per year.

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