The Pittsburgh Steelers are interested in signing veteran safety
Ryan Clark to a contract extension and have already started discussions
with him, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network.
A deal could be in the offing prior to training camp, per the report.
Clark, who decked Baltimore Ravens running back Willis McGahee with a memorable, devastating hit
in the AFC championship game, signed a four-year, $7 million contract
to join the Steelers in 2006 after a stint with the Washington Redskins.
One day later after a short hospital stay for monitoring after
suffering a concussion and briefly being knocked out, McGahee said
that it was the hardest hit he’s ever absorbed.
In 14 starts last season, Clark registered 87 tackles and one interception.
Clark is under contract through this season. He’s due a $1.7 million base salary for 2009.
The 29-year-old received a $1.65 million signing bonus from the Steelers in 2006.
In seven NFL seasons, the former undrafted free agent from LSU has recorded 342 career tackles and five interceptions.
Although he’s only listed at 5’11”, 205 pounds, Clark is an intimidating hitter capable of bringing down much bigger players.