Green Bay, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- The Green Bay Packers have signed linebacker Clay Matthews to a contract extension, general manager Ted Thompson announced on Wednesday.
Terms of the deal were not officially disclosed, but the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting it's a five-year extension through 2018 worth $66 million in new money, making Matthews the highest-paid linebacker in the NFL.
Matthews is the first player in franchise history to be selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his four seasons in the league. He has 42.5 sacks since entering the league in 2009, ranking him fifth overall in that span.
“Congratulations to Clay, who has quickly developed into a core member of our team,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. “His accomplishments and the example he sets on and off the field will be vital to our continued success. We look forward to the rest of his Packers career.”
Matthews has played 58 games during his four seasons with Green Bay, recording 270 tackles, 23 passes defended, seven forced fumbles, four interceptions, and three fumble recoveries.