Schefter adds that a deal will get done this offseason.
It’s been no secret that the Packers were playing to spend their cap space on locking up their star players like Matthews and QB Aaron Rodgers. At $13 million annually, Matthews would be the highest paid linebacker in the game.
Green Bay seems poised to get both deals done before the start of the 2013 season, and if these reports are accurate, I’m sure it won’t take long for Matthews to sign that contract.
- Silverstein mentions that the Packers have been working on a contract with both players since the season ended and there’s a “good chance that all but a few details were worked out” during the recent owners meetings.
Unlike Rodgers, Matthews will be entering the final year of his rookie contract and stands to make $3.73 million for the upcoming season. Silverstein adds that Matthews’ next contract will most likely pay him as much as $8-10 million annually.
The Packers have been saving their cap space this offseason and several reports have mentioned that they’re prepared to address both players before the start of the 2013 season. Both deals could be in place before the upcoming NFL Draft.