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Clay Matthews doesn't have a lengthy history of late hits, but his out-of-bounds tackle on Colin Kaepernick on Sunday had 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh accusing him of being dirty. Matthews denied that criticism in a locker room interview on Wednesday, but then went one farther. He's not a ''dirty player'', said Matthews; he's an ''awesome'' one. Matthews' talent is undeniable, but is he treating this too lightly?
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One down, one to go. The Green Bay Packers locked up one of their key players long term, as middle linebacker Clay Matthews signed a five-year contract extension that will reportedly pay him more than $13 million annually. Matthews' new deal includes $31 million of guaranteed money and keeps the four-time Pro Bowler in Green Bay for his prime years. With Matthews' contract situation cleared up, the Packers can now focus on quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who's also looking for a big money deal. If Matthews is worth $13 million a year, how much is the former NFL MVP worth?
Leader of the Pack
Clay Matthews will reportedly be the highest-paid linebacker in NFL history. Is he worth it?
Discount Double Check?
Clay Matthews got paid big bucks. So did the Ravens' Joe Flacco. So how many zeros will be on quarterback Aaron Rodgers' next contract?
Madden ratings are often the most contentious topics in sports video games. Should Michael Vick have a 99 in agility? Which wide receiver gets top marks for speed? Is my team's linebacker tougher than your team's? All week long, SportsNation is ranking the players with the top marks at each position. Today, we're taking a look at the best linebackers in Madden 2012. James Harrison, DeMarcus Ware, and Patrick Willis all have 98 ratings, but are they Madden's best? Cast your vote now!