Ryan Clark will visit with the Redskins

AP

Safety Ryan Clark played a couple of seasons with the Redskins before joining the Steelers and he could be headed back to Washington now that it looks like there’s no spot for him in Pittsburgh.

Clark broke the news that he’d be visiting with the Redskins in his sideline as an ESPN talking head on Wednesday. It’s the first visit that Clark will be making since the start of free agency.

Clark will turn 35 this year and definitely isn’t the same player he was earlier in his career, but the Redskins are as desperate for safety help as any team in the league. They got shoddy play at the position all of last season and both Brandon Meriweather and Reed Doughty are free agents. With many of the top free agent safeties off the board already, Washington is in a position where rolling the dice on Clark could make sense.

Clark had 104 tackles and two interceptions last season and his expected departure from Pittsburgh became all but certified when the team signed Mike Mitchell on Tuesday.

25 responses to “Ryan Clark will visit with the Redskins

  1. I feel like he is on ESPN more as a talking head than in highlights these days. He knows whenever he decides to call it quits that he will have a position waiting for him there.

  2. With three young safties on the roster (Thomas, Rambo & Gumbs), veteran leadership cannot be underestimated. This isn’t Dean Jerra’s Clown College in Arlington, TX. HTTR!

  3. If the Steelers resigned him: “OLD, SLOW! Another old man signing on for social security! Ha Ha Ha..”

    Anybody else: “We’ll take him!!!! Instant Super Bowl contenders! Welcome, Ryan!”

    Lmao. Thanks for your contributions, Ryan. Steelers Nation appreciates it!

  4. I’m glad some Steeler fan are glad Clark is leaving while yet are happy the real problem got a nice expensive extension. In a sport where fans are loyal to a fault, they’re never loyal to the players that were part of the success that team enjoyed, and the fans enjoyed as if they thought they were more involved in the success of the team then the actual player. I never knew waiving a towel gave you so much authority in making personnel decisions. Tell us how you really feel.

  5. Thanks for the great memories, Ryan.
    Especially during the 2008 AFC championship game. I still watch “the hit” that rocket Baltimore.

  6. Ryan Clark never should have left the Skins but “Bug Eyes” felt the need to sign Adam Archuleta and we have been screwed at safety since then.

  7. Ryan is still solid in support of the run game. However, he’s not that well suited to provide good enough help over the top in today’s NFL. Like Harrison, Ryan’s value was much higher in the pre-defenseless receiver days when he would launch into ball carriers. How he managed to avoid breaking his own neck is beyond me? Anyway, I wish him success and he will add character and leadership to any locker room.

  8. As a Steeler Fan I LOVED Clark. He made Polomalu’s freelancing possible. People don’t realize that having a guy who can cover over the top like Clark did makes everything else click for a team like Pittsburgh. Darrin Perry did the same think for Carnell Lake back in the 90’s and Chris Hope earlier in the decade as well. Shame to see him go. Great player I hope he still has a few more years before he heads to ESPN. Thanks Clark. For awhile he was hardest hitting free safety in the league and great to watch.

  9. If you want to know what Clark’s coverage skills have become, look at Ike Taylor’s stats last year. I’m not saying that Ike hasn’t lost two steps. He has. But Ryan Clark was a human brain fart back there last season.

  10. I was really upset when the skins let him walk for that work out video queen from the bears.

    Now I would be upset if they let his over the hill steeler butt back in our locker room. Come on skins its over. Dont do this.

    The same goes for Carlos Rogers and Champ Bailey who still blame the skins for everything and bad mouth them at every oppourtunity. It would have been great had they stayed but now their gone. Move on.

  11. I’m glad some Steeler fan are glad Clark is leaving while yet are happy the real problem got a nice expensive extension. In a sport where fans are loyal to a fault, they’re never loyal to the players that were part of the success that team enjoyed, and the fans enjoyed as if they thought they were more involved in the success of the team then the actual player. I never knew waiving a towel gave you so much authority in making personnel decisions. Tell us how you really feel.

    Clark’s style of play is now obsolete with all of the new “safety” rules in play. He hits first and thinks later. You can see him on many occasions last year where holding back on breaking up passes and making tackles. He WAS instrumental in prior success, however, Polamalu is more versatile in the running game and the Steelers have 3 other safeties now.

  12. Clark should be used strictly as a mentor. His skill set is very depleted at this stage in his career. But his will is strong and is a positive signing for locker room morale. Hes incredibly well spoken as seen this week on ESPN.

    Send him to Dallas. They need anyone with a brain and some heart over there.

  13. I am not going to denigrate Ryan Clark, he was a beast in the Steelers Secondary for 8 years.
    I don’t begrudge him another pay day or two, but really would rather him hang them up. He can do the media thing, and he can do the NFLPA thing.
    Good luck either way.

  14. My comment was less about Clark and more about “fans”. I personally would probably let them both go, have Troy retire, or at least bring in his replacement. Byrd would have been a good choice, but probably too expensive. But I’d be more inclined to keep Clark, I think he’s a better leader. What’s the difference between LaVar Arrington and Troy Polamalu? Rings, organization, mystique, I think similar individual success but same freelancing attitude. Except one had a team/safety tandem to clean up his mistakes.

  15. I’m glad the Steelers continued the youth movement and(as of right now)not resigned Clark. With Clark, Mundy, and Harrison all gone now maybe the refs won’t be so quick to thro a defenseless receiver flag.

    Good luck to him but he should really keep his mouth shut if it’s to another locker room. He’ll have his chance at media I am sure.

  16. Haha Poor RyN needs a job and a paycheck. Remember when you said ” nobody wants to play for the Dolphins” well, nobody wants you to play for them. How ironic and get this… The Fins WRs torched you on your Home Field this past year. I know this will get Thumbs Down from Steelers Fans, but this is what happens when you run your mouth and your skills can’t back it up anymore. Enjoy the paycheck if you get it in DC. My guess is last place as Philly and Giants are stepping it up.

  17. Of all the dumb moves Dan Snyder and his sycophant Vinnie Cerrato made, letting Ryan Clark go may be the worst – even worse than signing Mr. Butterworth for $100 million. Because we will never know if Clark staying in a Redskins uniform might have affected what happened to Sean Taylor. They were that close.

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