The Green Bay Press Gazette reported Wednesday that Clay Matthews is close to signing a new contract with the Packers, closer than Aaron Rodgers is with his pending mega-deal. Matthews is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He's made the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons and is looking at a deal that could play him upwards of 13 million dollars a season. Rodgers is on the verge of becomming the NFL's highest paid player with a contract extension that may average as much as 25 million dollars a season. Both players are represented by the same agent, David Dunn. They would like the contracts in place by the time the Packers begin their off-season training program on April 15.