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Deals for Matthews, Rodgers could come together (updated)

Apr. 3, 2013
 

Maybe linebacker Clay Matthews and quarterback Aaron Rodgers will get their contract extensions with the Packers done at the same time.

With Rodgers believed to be nearing an agreement on a record-setting contract, word came today that Matthews is close to an extension of his own, according to ESPN.com.

ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter reported that Matthews’ new deal is expected to pay him more than $13 million per season. His full report is here: http://es.pn/Yw8Cij

UPDATE (4:30 p.m.): In fact, a source familiar with the negotiations told the Press-Gazette late this afternoon that Matthews' deal is actually closer to being done than Rodgers' contract is at this point.

Matthews is entering the final year of his rookie contract. His base salary for this season is $3.73 million, a figure that jumped from his original $1.492 million because he hit certain escalators.

It makes sense that both deals could be completed around the same time because both players are represented by the same agent, David Dunn. Dunn, who also represents defensive tackle B.J. Raji, did not return messages left today.

A report from the NFL Network today said Rodgers hoped his contract would be completed by the time he reports for the start of the Packers’ offseason program, which begins April

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