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Dallas Clark: It felt right in Tampa

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We knew Dallas Clark would be wearing a uniform other than the Colts one he’s worn since entering his league if he played in 2012, but we didn’t know which one until he signed with the Buccaneers this week.

That wasn’t the only team that expressed interest in Clark’s services, however. The Chiefs and Patriots were also sniffing around the veteran tight end before he decided to walk the plank in Tampa. Clark went on ESPN Radio with Doug Gottlieb, which came to us via JoeBucsFan.com, to explain his decision.

“All three very, very good organizations. I had a feeling that when I was going to make the decision it was just going to be easy and it was going to be clear cut,” Clark said. “But man, when you have these three teams involved and these three organizations, it was extremely hard. You know, it took me a few days, but at the end of the day it just felt right down here in Tampa.”

Not to cast aspersions on Clark’s soul searching or anything, but it doesn’t take transcendental meditation to figure out why it felt right in Tampa. The Buccaneers traded away Kellen Winslow, leaving plenty of snaps for Clark’s taking if he is healthy enough to grab them.

That wouldn’t be the case in New England, where Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez have the position locked down. Kansas City has Tony Moeaki and Kevin Boss at tight end, which might not be quite as daunting a duo but would definitely get in the way of ample playing time for Clark.

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14 Responses to “Dallas Clark: It felt right in Tampa”
  1. professorcolumbus says: May 25, 2012 10:42 AM

    But, but… we have Luke Stocker and Drake Dunsmore! How is Clark going to get snaps here?

    In all seriousness, though, I like the future of those two. Good to have a vet to show them the ropes in Clark.

  2. gotampabay52 says: May 25, 2012 10:51 AM

    Welcome to Tampa Bay

  3. rickrock6661982 says: May 25, 2012 10:53 AM

    In other words, they were willing to give him the biggest contract.

  4. theseaward says: May 25, 2012 10:55 AM

    He could have made a fortune if he had any blocking ability.

  5. skinssuckazz says: May 25, 2012 11:20 AM

    Tampa gets better with the addition of Clark and the subtraction of Winslow.

  6. rushmatic says: May 25, 2012 11:34 AM

    rickrock6661982 says: May 25, 2012 10:53 AM

    In other words, they were willing to give him the biggest contract.

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    No, more likely playing time was a big factor, as the post suggests. Is he really going to have a big role in NE with Gronk and Hernandez (a younger, much more athletic player than Clark at this point)?

  7. mesta1 says: May 25, 2012 11:42 AM

    Yup. Finish your season in early January, retire to Cali

  8. censoredpost says: May 25, 2012 12:20 PM

    That’s what she said.

  9. jagsfanugh says: May 25, 2012 1:00 PM

    ” You know, it took me a few days, but at the end of the day it just felt right down here in Tampa.”

    $$$ right? No matter your broken body won’t make it 16 games anyhow.

  10. muskyhunter2542 says: May 25, 2012 1:04 PM

    Tampa is a large Ghetto

  11. fsf7 says: May 25, 2012 2:41 PM

    Quality player, good for Freeman to have.

    Compare him to Winslow – it’s a perfect example to illustrate what is more important to winning. KWII had significantly more talent and ability, but Clark would be a far better addition to a team wanting to win. KWII would do whatever it took to get his catches, but not the dirty, ugly, non-glory related grunt work that makes the difference, like Clark would do.

    Its similar to Hines Ward vs. Terrell Owens or Randy Moss. Better individual production can be misleading, especially when you don’t make your teammates better or give a better chance of winning.

  12. irishnativeson says: May 25, 2012 3:18 PM

    Even as a Buc’s fan I wouldn’t have guessed Winslow’s numbers were as decent as they were. Seems like every time I turned the channel to them he was dropping something. If Clark can stay healthy I’d take him every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

  13. hankstramm says: May 26, 2012 1:31 AM

    Look the chiefs suck and he’s not the only player to snub the chiefs this year there’s been a few players to blow off the chiefs Payton being the biggest one yet

  14. hankstramm says: May 26, 2012 2:04 AM

    I’m a chiefs fan but the chiefs wont ever win a Superbowl he couldn’t win a sb with the pats when he filled in for Brady the best team at the time don’t care what anybody says he sucks and he’s not a franchise WB and paoli will not have the same success in kc he got lucky in new England. MR.SUPPER TALENT

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