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Notebook: Matthews contract extension leaves salary cap space

Deal uses only $1.85M more this season

8:55 PM, Apr. 18, 2013
In this Sept. 13, 2012, file photo, Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews reacts after sacking Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler during the first half of an NFL football game in Green Bay, Wis. File/AP Photo
In this Sept. 13, 2012, file photo, Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews reacts after sacking Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler during the first half of an NFL football game in Green Bay, Wis. File/AP Photo
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The Green Bay Packers used up only $1.85 million more in salary cap space this season despite giving linebacker Clay Matthews a $20.5 million signing bonus as part of the five-year contract extension he signed Thursday.

The signing bonus was the only guaranteed money in Matthews' contract, which was set to expire after this season. Including the reworked 2013 portion of the deal, the six-year total of the contract could be worth up to $69.77 million. In the first two seasons, Matthews could make up to $29.02 million.

In addition to his $1.02 million base salary and $500,000 workout bonus this ...

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