Schein: The true QB assessment
In other words, Matthews will become the highest-paid pass-rushing linebacker in the NFL.
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The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported last week that "everything is in place" for the Packers to put the finishing touches on Matthews' contract. If that's the case, Thompson might have his best offensive and defensive players locked up with long-term contracts before the 2013 NFL Draft later this month.
UPDATE: Rodgers already has decided he doesn't plan to hold out or stay away from offseason conditioning, Rapoport reported Wednesday, so expect a deal to be done.