Clay Matthews to continue career with Packers

Matthews signs contract extension

Published On: Apr 18 2013 04:28:20 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 17 2013 02:18:00 PM CDT
Clay Matthews
GREEN BAY, Wis. -

Linebacker Clay Matthews has signed a contract extension with the Green Bay Packers.

On Wednesday afternoon, Matthews tweeted a picture of himself signing paperwork with this message: "Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!"

Ted Thompson, Packers' Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations, made the contract extension announcement Wednesday afternoon.

"Clay has been a productive member of our team and we are pleased to be able to come to an agreement that will extend his Packers career," Thompson said in a statement.

Matthews was drafted out of Southern California in the first round by the Packers in 2009 with the second of their two first-round selections. He is the only player in Packers history that has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of his four seasons in the league.

"Congratulations to Clay, who has quickly developed into a core member of our team," Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said in a statement. "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."