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Matthews' signing bonus: $20.5 million

Apr. 18, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. File/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. File/Press-Gazette Media

The contract extension that Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews signed Thursday with the Green Bay Packers included a $20.5 million signing bonus as part of the $69.77 million extension that runs through the 2018 season.

The signing bonus was the only guaranteed money in the deal, although it’s reasonable to assume he will get the $5 million roster bonus due the third day of the league year in 2014 plus salary and bonuses totaling $2 million. Combine that with his $1.02 million base salary and $500,000 workout bonus this season and the deal will pay him $29.02 million in the first two seasons.

Matthews' salary cap number for 2013 is a relatively modest $6.71 million. The Packers no doubt wanted it structured that way in order to leave ample room for quarterback Aaron Rodgers' massive contract extension, which is forthcoming.

Here’s the breakdown by season, according to a source with access to NFL Players Association Salary information:

2013: Salary Cap Number $6,710,000.00, Cash Value $22,020,000.00
Signing bonus: $20.5 million
Base salary: $1.02 million
Workout bonus: $500,000

2014: Salary Cap Number $11.1 million, Cash Value $7 million
Roster bonus: $5 million (due third day of league year)
Base salary: $1 million
Roster bonus: $31,250 per game active, total up to $500,000.
Workout bonus: $500,000

2015: Salary Cap Number $12.7 million, Cash Value $8.6 million
Base salary: $7.6 milloin
Roster bonus: $31,250 per game active, total up to $500,000.
Workout bonus: $500,000

2016: Salary Cap Number $13.75 million, Cash Value $9.65 million
Base salary: $8.65 million
Roster bonus: $31,250 per game active, total up to $500,000.
Workout bonus: $500,000

2017: Salary Cap Number $15.2 million, Cash Value $11.1 million
Base salary: $10.1 million
Roster bonus: $31,250 per game active, total up to $500,000.
Workout bonus: $500,000

2018: Salary Cap Number $11.4 million, Cash Value $11.4 million
Base salary: $10.4 million
Roster bonus: $31,250 per game active, total up to $500,000.
Workout bonus: $500,000

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