Report: Extensions for Rodgers, Matthews 'likely' to come at same time
The Green Bay Packers are kicking off their voluntary offseason workout program today, along with the majority of the rest of the NFL, and big news could be in the not too distant future.
The club has been working on contract extensions for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and outside linebacker Clay Matthews, and Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the club is “likely” to announce both deals simultaneously.
There has been some undercurrent that the players would like to have the business side of things knocked out before the offseason program started. We’ll see if that happens. Silverstein speculates it is possible the deals are primarily done and the club is just waiting to announce them. Whatever the case, the Packers have an abundance of salary cap room to sign Rodgers and Matthews to extensions that will ensure they are in Green Bay for seasons to come.
Rodgers has a $500,000 workout bonus and Matthews has a smaller $40,000 workout bonus and it is not a situation where they are expected to sit out until their pay day arrives. The Packers chose not to spend in free agency, as usual, and their investment will be made in their own players.
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