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Steelers to allow Clark to test the free agent market

After it appearing that he was the next big target the Steelers wanted to sign, a report now out says the Steelers are going to let safety Ryan Clark test the free agent market:

The Pittsburgh Steelers plan to let safety Ryan Clark to test the free agent market, according to an NFL source. That stance has come about as the team has been discussing a contract with Clark’s representative. Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert has identified Clark as a core player the team wants to re-sign. At this point, though, there’s nothing concrete to indicate that a deal is imminent as talks haven’t progressed quickly. Talks haven’t been cut off, but Clark is expected to reach unrestricted free agent status.

It wouldn’t be a shock to see Clark price himself out of the Steelers range based on the comments of his agent who said that his client was the best safety in the business. Then again, after seeing the lack of interest that could be out there for Clark, it would not be a surprise to see him come back to the Steelers for less money.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. mark

    March 2, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Like we all said, good player but the team can find a replacement without a HUGE drop off. A healthy Polamalu will make any FS a better one. Mundy,maybe Townsend? A rookie or a FA will benefit from the best SS in the league playing back there too. Chris Hope was young and solid, but was let go. Clark is a solid player too who had a bad year last year… along with the entire secondary. My point is that the last 2 FS benefitted from Polamalu being there and whoever is there this season, will also benefit.

    • Tim

      March 2, 2010 at 10:28 am

      mark, you should check your data. “Clark is a solid player too who had a bad year last year.”

      Clark had his best year ever in his career last year with 88 tackles (career high), 3 INTs (ties career high, and 8 PDs (career high). If Troy gets injured again, the middle of the field will be a haymaker’s heaven for opposing QBs without Clark there as well. Is Mundy ready to step up? I dunno.

  2. mark

    March 2, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Tim, obviously your stats are on the money. I think what I meant to say was, Clark didnt show me that he was as dependable without Troy. Sure, statistically he had a good year, but I dont remember him making any game-changing/game-saving plays when the secondary needed one so bad during that 5 game stretch. I actually like Clark and would welcome him back at a reasonable price. I just to the past when Hope was the FS, he played well with Troy. Clark as well. The next guy, maybe Mundy, should be o.k too. In the big picture, the FS spot can be upgraded. Like I said last week, Carter had his best game filling in for Clark. Why? Troy was out there as well.

  3. DaRell Wright

    March 3, 2010 at 12:24 am


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