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Pack lock up sackmaster Matthews

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- One big deal done for the Green Bay Packers, one to go.

The Packers locked up star linebacker Clay Matthews with a long-term extension Wednesday, and also is negotiating with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

The Packers did not announce terms of the extension, reported to be for five years, but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the deal is worth $66 million. That would put Matthews on par with Dallas outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, whose contract also averages $13 million per year.

With Matthews' deal done, the Packers can turn all of their attention to Rodgers, whose extension is expected to make him the highest-paid player in the league.

Matthews had 42 1/2 sacks in his first four seasons, fifth-best in the NFL during that span. He has finished in the top five in the league in sacks in two of the last three seasons, with 13 1/2 in 2010 and 13 in 2012.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 18, 2013 D7

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