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Old 08-19-2009, 01:02 PM   #1
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has there been any updates on his contract? i'd absolutely hate to see him leave next year. he is a hell of a player. his stability at free safety allows Troy to roam and play like the superstar he is.

aside from that, he is probably the nicest player on the team. he signed autographs for over 2 hours yesterday both before and after practice. he joked with the fans, took pictures, gave his cleats and t-shirt away. i have never seen a player interact with the fans like that. now i am not going to compare players, because i have seen numerous players at camp be nice to the fan and others ignore them.. but Clark went above and beyond. i want to buy an authentic jersey of his, but i can't do it until he gets extended.
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:11 PM   #2
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has there been any updates on his contract? i'd absolutely hate to see him leave next year. he is a hell of a player. his stability at free safety allows Troy to roam and play like the superstar he is.

aside from that, he is probably the nicest player on the team. he signed autographs for over 2 hours yesterday both before and after practice. he joked with the fans, took pictures, gave his cleats and t-shirt away. i have never seen a player interact with the fans like that. now i am not going to compare players, because i have seen numerous players at camp be nice to the fan and others ignore them.. but Clark went above and beyond. i want to buy an authentic jersey of his, but i can't do it until he gets extended.
Will lose others before we lose him.. cant say who because it may start a fight...

Clark stays..
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:14 PM   #3
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has there been any updates on his contract? i'd absolutely hate to see him leave next year. he is a hell of a player. his stability at free safety allows Troy to roam and play like the superstar he is.

aside from that, he is probably the nicest player on the team. he signed autographs for over 2 hours yesterday both before and after practice. he joked with the fans, took pictures, gave his cleats and t-shirt away. i have never seen a player interact with the fans like that. now i am not going to compare players, because i have seen numerous players at camp be nice to the fan and others ignore them.. but Clark went above and beyond. i want to buy an authentic jersey of his, but i can't do it until he gets extended.
that is great to hear. Reminds me of the story about Tyrone Carter who for some reason (maybe he was in a store and overheard it) decided to buy (was it 1?) playstation for some kid he just met. An on the spot thing. Anyone remember that story?

It is great to hear players who act human... It really must be hard for them (no sarcasm intended). With all the sycophants and idiots out there vying for some of his time/money, I don't know how they can stand to be around people at times.
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He's a terrific player and a big part of our defense. I'd hate to see him leave.

And it's good to see him interacting with the fans that much. It just shows that he's a good person, not just a good football player.
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Ryan Clark is a great player. Unfortunately, my experience says his career will be short because of the way he plays.

Steelers need to keep him but not overpay.

I trust the management to do what they have done for forty years.......be money smart
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Steelers need to keep him but not overpay.

I trust the management to do what they have done for forty years.......be money smart
Bingo.

Decent salary, with some bonuses that he will get easily if he plays, but that they are not on the hook for if he doesn't.
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We can't keep everybody

I think I am a little hardened by how we lost pro-bowlers every year in the 90's. There is only so much money to go around

If we lose him we will find someone to replace him just like he replaced Chris Hope. I love Clark but overall Chris Hope is the better FS

ps - if they don't extend Clark, Keisel, Hampton or Reed's contracts that doesn't mean we will lose all of them to free agency. If the Steelers wan't to keep them, they will offer them a fair deal and then it's up to the player
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I don't see much difficulty in keeping him. We'll either give him some of Parker's money or some of Kiesel/Hampton's money, whoever leaves. For some reason, I don't get the feeling he'll ask for a diva contract.

That's the biggest "must" signing on the roster if you ask me. It doesn't sound like Mundy is developing into quite the star everyone hoped, so it's a position where there's not really a capable successor lined up for sure.
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i just remember hearing a week or so ago that a contract was nearly complete, and we haven't heard anything since. i don't know if it means they are not negotiating any more or what.

Clark and Reed are imo the most important to get resigned. i would include Hampton, but i think it will be unrealistic for us to resign him given his age and money he will most likely command. Keisel and Parker are replaceable.
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Clark stays..
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