By Tim Polzer
April 17, 2013

Clay Matthews Packers Clay Matthews became the highest paid linebacker on Wednesday after signing an extension with the Packers. (John Biever/SI)

Clay Matthews has signed a long-term extension with the Packers, as first reported by Ian Rapoport of

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the five-year, $66 million deal will make Matthews the NFL's highest paid linebacker.

Matthews, a four-time Pro Bowl pick, was scheduled to make $3.73 million in the final year of his contract, but he was expected to receive an offer valued around $13 million per year, similar to the NFL's highest-paid linebacker, the Cowboys' DeMarcus Ware.

Matthews tweeted a picture of himself signing the deal on Wednesday.

"Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!" Matthews' tweet read.

Reports that the Packers were working on extensions for Matthews and quarterback Aaron Rodgers have been circulating for days.

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