‘I should be part of this organization for a long time.’ Ryan Clark
September 1, 2009 in Steelers
Buried at the end of an article about Brett Keisel’s five year contract extension were a few lines that sum up what it is to be a Steeler. Back in May I posted an article by Ed Bouchette that addressed Steelers who stayed in spite of greener pastures. (CLICK HERE to read that post) After reading free safety Ryan Clark’s comments I am even more convinced that the organization needs to find a way to keep this guy. His performance along with this great attitude make him a true asset. The following is an excerpt from the Trib.
“One player who is well aware of the looming Sept. 10 deadline — that is when the Steelers open the season against the visiting Tennessee Titans — is starting free safety Ryan Clark.
“I feel like I should be a part of this organization for a long time,” said the 29-year-old Clark, who is going into the final year of his contract. “But it’s not my decision. They have chosen to go another way in certain situations, and you learn to live with that. You’re happy for the guys that get it, because they deserve it.”
Clark said if he and the Steelers don’t reach an agreement on a new deal before Sept. 10 that he won’t rule out re-signing with the team following the 2009 season.
“In this situation, I hold no cards,” said Clark, who was second on the Steelers with 113 tackles last season. “I’m not going to pitch a fit or not show up. I love the guys I play with, I love this organization.
“But more importantly I have a responsibility. I’m going to come to work every day, enjoy it, have a great time. There’s still no better defense or better team to play for than the Pittsburgh Steelers.”"
Ryan Clark is a Steeler. Let’s get him signed.
Read the entire Tribune Review Article here.