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Ryan Clark doesn’t want 2013 to be his last year with Steelers

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If you’re the sort who looks for signals that a player’s run with a particular team is about to come to an end, you’d have a field day with Steelers safety Ryan Clark these days.

Clark is turning 34 in October and entering the final year of his contract with the Steelers, who drafted Shamarko Thomas last month to learn from Clark now and presumably replace him down the road. What’s more, Clark has spent some time flapping his gums as an analyst on ESPN in what’s played out like an audition for a permanent role once his playing career comes to an end.

Clark says that all that smoke doesn’t add up to fire, however. He isn’t planning for a future off the football field just yet and also isn’t looking to find a new team once the 2013 season comes to an end.

“I want to be here. I would love to be a Steeler until I retire,” Clark said, via Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “But I don’t want this to be my last year. I did the ESPN thing because it’s smart to do it. I didn’t do it because I’m ready to stop playing football.”

Clark’s been around the team long enough to know that every player reaches an expiration date with the Steelers and he credits the organization as being smart “about letting guys go when they feel like they don’t have what’s left to be here.” Clark’s play in 2012 offered little reason to believe that he doesn’t have what it takes to do the job, although the other factors at play might mean that he has to continue doing the job in a different uniform.

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33 Responses to “Ryan Clark doesn’t want 2013 to be his last year with Steelers”
  1. bettis3636 says: May 28, 2013 10:03 AM

    I love having Clark on my team… He’s a absolute seek and destroy missile and would hate to see him go.. But it’s rare these days for teams to keep older players… ESP when they just drafted a clone of a player back in April!

  2. steelbydesign says: May 28, 2013 10:13 AM

    A guy like Clark would be a great asset as a backup once Shamarko is ready to go, but the Steelers just don’t do that for whatever reason…

    They don’t demote guys, they just cut them. Same situation with Max Starks, who would’ve been very nice to have in case the two young guys Gilbert and Adams aren’t ready.

  3. ssjwiggy says: May 28, 2013 10:32 AM

    If he performs like he did last year, I’m sure we’ll keep him for a bit longer.

  4. umainebearman says: May 28, 2013 10:56 AM

    Surprisingly enough the Ravens, Browns, and Bengals don’t want this to be his last year as a Steeler either. Works out good.

  5. bchapman2011 says: May 28, 2013 11:06 AM

    Hey Clark ……Funny how times have changed. Now the Dolphins wouldn’t give a bum like you a second look.

  6. finallythevoiceofreason says: May 28, 2013 11:12 AM

    Clark had one of his best seasons in 2012 but he is unfortunately nearing his end as a Steeler. The Steelers still have major cap issues and with Heath Miller, Emmanuel Sanders, Ryan Clark and I believe Brett Kiesel all free agents after this year, 3 of these guys will not be on the team after 2013. It is time for the young guys to step up.

  7. Joemontanaflacco says: May 28, 2013 11:13 AM

    Looks like Clark is admitting that 2013 is going to be another bust for the Steelers and he’s jealous of players like Ray Lewis who manage to go out as champions. I suggest he find another team and fast because that Steelers train isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

  8. si1m says: May 28, 2013 11:20 AM

    Well if he follows the Hines Ward strategy, he’ll be unceremoniously CUT like a bad habit, try to sign desperately with another team to stay in the show, realize no one needs an old, slow player for too much money, and then “retire a Steeler” and make it seem like he never tried to go elsewhere to save face.

  9. jtbsteeler says: May 28, 2013 11:20 AM

    #1 defense overall and against the pass 2 seasons and running.

  10. crownofthehelmet says: May 28, 2013 11:32 AM

    It won’t be, RC is a Steeler for life. Allowing Troy to be Troy, and trucking McGahee into oblivion – those alone secure his spot in Steelers lore.

  11. Nofoolnodrool says: May 28, 2013 11:34 AM

    Looks like Clark is admitting that 2013 is going to be another bust for the Steelers and he’s jealous of players like Ray Lewis who manage to go out as champions. I suggest he find another team and fast because that Steelers train isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

    Looks like fan boys steeler envy is getting to him. He/she has posted on every steeler thread since he changed his handle from god knows what.
    Why would Clark be jealous of a plea bargaining felon?

  12. CKL says: May 28, 2013 11:39 AM

    Clark with some of the comments you have made in your on air gigs, I’d argue that your decision to do them is far from “the smart thing to do”.

  13. steelcurtainn says: May 28, 2013 11:49 AM

    Clark is a proven winner and superbowl champion. I’ll never forget the bonecrushing hit he put on Mcgahee in the playoff game against the Ravens. He’s getting up there in age but is still a definite asset to the steelers number 1 defense. Sharmarko Thomas will have great teachers to show him how to be successful in the steelers D.

  14. scoobies05 says: May 28, 2013 12:09 PM

    how did that work out for you jb? you got tebowed and missed the playoffs and your most hated got to the afc title game and won the super bowl. smh and lol

  15. pitpenguinsrulez says: May 28, 2013 12:10 PM

    I like Ryan Clark a lot. Him and Troy work well together in the backfield. I only wish that both him and Brown would stop running their mouth over stupid stuff. Go Steelers

  16. finallythevoiceofreason says: May 28, 2013 12:26 PM

    “Looks like Clark is admitting that 2013 is going to be another bust for the Steelers and he’s jealous of players like Ray Lewis who manage to go out as champions. I suggest he find another team and fast because that Steelers train isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.”
    -
    Please explain where he admits that 2013 is going to be a bust and also what alludes to his jealousy of Ray Lewis.

  17. finallythevoiceofreason says: May 28, 2013 12:29 PM

    scoobie…….the Steelers got tebowed because Ryan Clark did not play in Denver that day. Clark’s replacement, Ryan Mundy, bit on the winning TD pass before the snap of the ball. Heck, even Ray Lewis could have thrown that TD pass.

  18. finallythevoiceofreason says: May 28, 2013 12:31 PM

    I don’t know si1m, Steelers players are notorious for returning to retire as Steelers no matter the circumstance.

  19. golfongrass311 says: May 28, 2013 1:37 PM

    Didn’t the DumbSkins trade Adam Archuletta for Clark ?

  20. Joemontanaflacco says: May 28, 2013 1:45 PM

    “Why would Clark be jealous of a plea bargaining felon?”

    Who’s a plea bargaining felon? Look it up nofool. Wrong again. You do your fellow fans no service using this board to libel people, even public figures.

  21. 6sbtitles2sweet says: May 28, 2013 2:52 PM

    The most under rated safety in the league! Beast, he will take your head off if its not on a swivel, believe it, ask Willie Mcgee!

  22. 6sbtitles2sweet says: May 28, 2013 2:57 PM

    Scoobie…….plz be quite, we all can see you know nothing about nothing, as your comment shows. Finallythevoiceofreason sees the same. Your probably a browns or cinci fan!

  23. scoobies05 says: May 28, 2013 3:22 PM

    what part of my comment was wrong. steelers got tebowed…correct. steelers missed the playoffs…correct. ravens won the super bowl…correct. jb is jealous…correct

  24. scoobies05 says: May 28, 2013 4:02 PM

    so if clark plays the steelers dont get tebowed. and if the steelers had made the playoffs last year they wouldve won the super bowl. lots of ifs and excuses.

  25. crownofthehelmet says: May 28, 2013 4:09 PM

    scoobies05 says:

    so if clark plays the steelers dont get tebowed. and if the steelers had made the playoffs last year they wouldve won the super bowl.
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    scoobie, you’re finally starting to make some sense.

  26. 6sbtitles2sweet says: May 28, 2013 4:28 PM

    scoobie……..this article is about Ryan Clark…..he didn’t play in that game, HELLO!!!! Who cares if you won your 2nd superbowl, win 4 more and come talk to me! We own you guys in the playoffs, oops did i say that! Remember when Ed reed’s brother died, RIP, he wanted to beat the steelers so bad because it was the hump they couldn’t get over in the past and ryan clark had a HUGE game adn you lost again to us. You better count your blessings that we didn’t make it into the post season and you guys had to play us because we both know what the outcome would have been. That hump still would be there kid!

  27. Nofoolnodrool says: May 28, 2013 6:21 PM

    Scoobie they are on to you. Run scoobie run.

  28. Joemontanaflacco says: May 28, 2013 6:45 PM

    “Clark’s play in 2012 offered little reason to believe he doesn’t have what it takes to do the job.”

    He lost half the games! What cheerleader-homer wrote this propaganda?

  29. crownofthehelmet says: May 28, 2013 8:19 PM

    joemontanaflacco says:

    “Clark’s play in 2012 offered little reason to believe he doesn’t have what it takes to do the job.” He lost half the games! What cheerleader-homer wrote this propaganda?
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    Nice reasoning. So I guess only teams with winning records have players that are any good. You know that’s a lie, you’d swap QBs with CLE or AZ in a heartbeat.

  30. tedmurph says: May 28, 2013 11:58 PM

    I hope you’ll be there too Ryan, at least untill Nov 3rd. We’ll see how much ‘ducking’, the QB many of you like to call ‘Tammie’ Brady does. ASmith is gonna seem like a prophet compared to Clark. Bet it’s circled on ‘Tammie’s’ calendar too. Watch what happens.

  31. blackngold4life says: May 29, 2013 11:19 AM

    Clark is the motor to that defense..I can see him playin 1-2 years more just to get Shamarko ready.

  32. Joemontanaflacco says: May 29, 2013 12:17 PM

    “I hope you’ll be there too Ryan, at least untill Nov 3rd. We’ll see how much ‘ducking’, the QB many of you like to call ‘Tammie’ Brady does. ASmith is gonna seem like a prophet compared to Clark. Bet it’s circled on ‘Tammie’s’ calendar too. Watch what happens.”

    Not a Patriots fan, but this game is going to be one for the record books. Patriots are not above running up the score and you can bet Brady is going to be very curious if he can break 60 shredding that paper thin secondary. Hopefully the Jets, Ravens, and Raiders will already have beaten them into submission. What fun! Can’t wait!

  33. scoobies05 says: May 30, 2013 4:35 PM

    really crown? we are very happy with our sb winning qb. and he will be back in the sb again…pretty sure ben never will again

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