One of the most difficult decisions of the 2018 offseason for the Green Bay Packers will be what to do with veteran outside linebacker Clay Matthews. The 2009 first-round pick will enter his tenth season this fall and he turns 32 in May.
Matthews had a nice resurgence in 2017, playing in 14 of a possible 16 games while rarely showing up on the injury report with the sort of nagging muscle injuries that have hampered him in years past. He recorded 7.5 sacks, his highest total since 2014, and finished among the top 20 edge rushers (3-4 outside linebackers and 4-3 defensive ends) in terms of backfield penetrations per snap, as calculated by Justis Mosqueda.
Matthews’ contract is set to pay him $11.4 million in 2018 — that is in the form of a $10.4 million base salary plus $500,000 in a workout bonus and another $500k in per-game active roster bonuses.


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