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Clay Matthews has reached a long-term extension with the Packers (USA Today Sports Images)

The Green Bay Packers and outside linebacker Clay Matthews have reached an agreement in principle on a long-term contract extension reports Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Matthews posted a picture of himself signing his new contract on Twitter.

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

According to Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com, Matthews' new extension will average "just north" of $13 million per season. Matthews' camp was reportedly looking for over $13 million per season in his second contract. Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware received in an extension averaging $13 million per season midway through the 2009 season, a deal that remains the highest among NFL linebackers.

Matthews, a Pro Bowler in each of his four seasons in the NFL, is scheduled to earn $3.73 million in base salary with a $40,000 workout bonus in 2013, the final season of his five-year, $13 million rookie contract. The two sides had hoped to reach agreement on an extension before the start of the Packers' offseason workout program, which began on Monday, April 15.

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The Packers selected Matthews with the 26th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and, over the last four seasons, has posted 42.5 sacks with seven forced fumbles, four interceptions and 22 passes defensed in 58 career games. Matthews has been productive in the post-season, picking up 7.5 sacks in eight career playoff games.

Matthews is coming off what was arguably his most productive season in the NFL, registering 13 sacks in just 12 games.

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