One man that is doing everything he can to get a new contract is free safety Ryan Clark. Clark will be turning 34 this football season and of course the last year of his remaining contract. Jim Wexell was the first to report that Clark wanted a new contract, now Clark has spoken out about it a bit more.
“I want to be here. I would love to be a Steeler until I retire,” Clark said. “But I don’t want this to be my last year.”
As far as the ESPN internship, Clark Says: “I did the ESPN thing because it’s smart to do it. I didn’t do it because I’m ready to stop playing football.”
Clark has been one of the top defenders on the team for the past few seasons. He made his very first pro bowl in 2011 and in 2012, he had another very productive season. He recorded 202 tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, and 12 pass deflections in the past two seasons while teammate/close friend Troy Polamalu has been injured off and on.
When Clark brought up Polamalu in his comments he said: “I don’t know how I could live with Troy still playing and me not playing,” Clark said. “And I don’t know if I want to leave him here playing (while playing elsewhere).”
2013 will be Clark’s test. He will need to prove to the Steelers organization that he is needed on this football team longer than the 2013 season if they do not give him a contract before the season begins.
“This has always been a smart organization about letting guys go when they feel like they don’t have what’s left to be here,” Clark said. “So we’ll see. But I want to finish my career here. I’ve found a home here.”