Jacob Matthews was born on February 11, 1992 and attended Elkins High in Missouri City, TX. His grandfather, Clay Matthews Sr. played defensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers (1950-55). His father, Bruce, played offensive lineman for Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans from 1983-2001, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007. His uncle, Clay Matthews Jr., played linebacker for Cleveland Browns (1978-93) and Falcons (1994-96). Brother, Kevin, played center for Titans from 2010-13. Cousin, Clay III, plays linebacker for Green Bay Packers (2009-present). Cousin, Casey, plays linebacker for Philadelphia Eagles (2011-present). As a true freshman at Texas A&M, he started the final seven games at right tackle. Started all 13 games at right tackle both as a sophomore and junior. As a sophomore, he earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors and All-SEC honors as a junior. Moved to left tackle as a senior and again started 13 games, and earned All-SEC honors. He was a finalist for the Outland Trophy as a senior and won the Bobby Bowden Award, honoring athletes for their high performances on the field, in the classroom and in the community. He was selected by Atlanta Falcons in the first round (6th overall) of 2014 NFL Draft.
Signed by Atlanta Falcons on May 21, 2014.
Signed to a four-year deal worth $16.4345 million, that was fully guaranteed. There is a team option for a fifth year. His deal included $10,268,728 signing bonus. All of his base salaries are fully guaranteed: $420,000 (2014); $510,000 (2015); $600,000 (2016); and $695,000 (2017). He will receive a roster bonus of $656,795 on the third day of 2015 training camp. In 2016, he will receive a roster bonus of $1,313,591 on the third day of training camp. In 2017, he will receive a roster bonus of $1,970,386 on the third day of training camp. His cap hits are: $2,987,182 (2014); $3,733,977 (2015); $4,480,773 (2016); and $5,232,568 (2017).