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Old 02-24-2010, 07:47 AM   #1
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Default Steelers might not be able to afford safety Ryan Clark

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports safety Ryan Clark wants to stay. The Steelers want to re-sign him.

So, what could be the problem?

Money. It always comes down to money. Often when a player leaves a team as a free agent, it is not because he wanted to leave or the team did not want him back, the sides just could not agree on the money.

First, let us get Clark’s intentions up front. He wants to come back and play for the Steelers in 2010, rejoining Pro Bowl strong safety Troy Polamalu.

“Yeah, I do. I do,” Clark said. “It’s a great place to play. I think the Rooney family runs the team the way an organization should be run. I want to come back and make it right too. I want to come back and play with Troy, get all our guys back and make another run at it.”

How much value do the Steelers place on Ryan Clark as their free safety vs. what Clark and his agent want? The average annual compensation for the top 10 safeties (both free and strong) a year ago was $5.13 million. No. 2 on that list was Polamalu at $6.82 million. Clark counted $2.4 million on the salary cap last year.


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Old 02-24-2010, 07:58 AM   #2
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How much value do the Steelers place on Ryan Clark as their free safety vs. what Clark and his agent want? The average annual compensation for the top 10 safeties (both free and strong) a year ago was $5.13 million. No. 2 on that list was Polamalu at $6.82 million. Clark counted $2.4 million on the salary cap last year.
Well, here's the issue. Clark is NOT a top 10 safety. Not even close. If he and his agent think that he should get paid like one then see ya later. If he's willing to sign for a reasonable amount then yea, I'd like to have him back.
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Default Re: Steelers might not be able to afford safety Ryan Clark

Clark is gone. This team will not pay him like the best FS in the league by a long shot and with the team eyeing up Thomas as their first round pick it becomes ever harder for Clark to think he will stay a Steeler. I just worry that either Thomas gets snagged by another team and Mundy does not turn into anything productive, then what?
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Clark is gone. This team will not pay him like the best FS in the league by a long shot and with the team eyeing up Thomas as their first round pick it becomes ever harder for Clark to think he will stay a Steeler. I just worry that either Thomas gets snagged by another team and Mundy does not turn into anything productive, then what?
Unfortunately the Steelers don't have anyone that can step in and be a productive starter. If they don't sign Clark, they'll have to sign a FA safety.
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I will cry if Clark goes but i will get over it.

I will forever remember what he did tho Welker lolz

Clark to Dallas anybody? Back to the New York Giants?
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Yea Clark was a fun player to watch with all his big hits and i would love to see him come back. But if he will take nothing less then a "top ten salary" i don't think the Steelers or may other teams will give it to him.
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Unfortunately the Steelers don't have anyone that can step in and be a productive starter. If they don't sign Clark, they'll have to sign a FA safety.
There isn't any safeties available in the free agency there all shit or all timers.

This Free Agency Class blows.
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Unfortunately the Steelers don't have anyone that can step in and be a productive starter. If they don't sign Clark, they'll have to sign a FA safety.
... which is exactly what we did when Chris Hope left. Clark WAS the guy we signed.

If there's no one out there that we think can fill the gap ... can someone tell me why we'd use the transition tag on the idiot kicker instead of this guy? You can invariably draft the best college kicker in the nation with like a 6th-round pick, or sign an OK kicker off the garbage heap for close to the league minimum.
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There isn't any safeties available in the free agency there all shit or all timers.

This Free Agency Class blows.
I don't know. I think guys like Antoine Bethea or Roman Harper could be interesting.

Although they are both restricted FA's.
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I don't know. I think guys like Antoine Bethea or Roman Harper could be interesting.

Although they are both restricted FA's.
Harper will be back with Saints cus Sharper leaving probs. But i wouldn't close the door on that he's a cool good player.

Bethea is garbage, the most overrated piece of crap. He lets pass plays all over the place. Yea he had 4 int's but just look how lost he was against Brees. He had 95 tackles due to tackling alot inside the box and outside. I would pass and i think the Colts to resign him. He's just another Taylor Mays to be 1 good year and 4 shitty other ones.
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