Packers picking up option on Kenny Clark

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The Packers spent the early stages of free agency and the 2019 NFL Draft remaking their defensive front seven.

But they want to take care of the 2016 draft class as well.

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Packers are picking up the fifth-year option for defensive lineman Kenny Clark.

This one was #asexpected, after General Manager Brian Gutekunst referred to Clark as “a dominant player” prior to the draft.

The Packers spent heavily in free agency on pass-rushers Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith, and used their first-rounder on Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary. Having a stout presence like Clark inside will only help those new faces.

25 responses to “Packers picking up option on Kenny Clark

  1. The Packers are going to be good. The namby-pamby back-and-forth with other division rivals is coming to a screeching halt. Apparently, nobody wanted it bad enough while the Packers provided an unencumbered vacuum in which to work. Those days are over. Pretenders only get so many chances.

  2. No brainer … he’s going to be even better the next few years. Matter of fact, the entire defense is looking to be on par with the offense now there’s a new scheme in place.

  3. They over paid for 2 middle of the pack linebackers. Za’darius smith is another Daniel ellerbee and Preston smith is inconstant. Neither one will reach 8 or more sacks. Also with those 2 being paid as much as they are they will be the starting outside rushers which takes your best pass rushers spot. They arent sitting either of those 2 for fackrell who is a better pass rusher.

  4. Kenny Clark is one of the better interior lineman in the NFL.
    The guy’s an immovable tree stump in the middle and a perfect 3-4 fit.
    This 5th year option was a no-brainer.
    Looking for them to extend him in the near future.

  5. There are more ways then just sacks to be an effective rusher, u can force an early early/bad pass, holding penalties. Im ko5 going to say they are each gonna have 15 sacks, but GB is going to have a much needed boost at pass rush

  6. 5th year option picked up and Kenny Clark is still just 23 yrs old.

    Kenny Clark of the Green Bay Packers is a elite DT in this league and will be for many years to come.


  7. Mike Spofford on the Packers’ official website came up with the best way to look at it. (Paraphrasing here) Which would you rather have? A QB pressure on 3rd down that gets your defense off the field, or a 2nd down sack followed by the opponents’ offense converting on 3rd and 11?

    Here’s a hint. Vince Lombardi famously said: “Stats are for losers.”

  8. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    May 1, 2019 at 11:14 am

    He’s a good player. I’m glad the Vikings upgraded their interior offensive line with all the good DTs in this division.

    I don’t think he’s saying “The Vikings upgraded by signing all the good interior linemen in the division.”

    I think he’s saying “With there being so many good interior linemen in the division, I’m glad the Vikings upgraded their own interior.”

  9. Just to a name a few in the arsenal of the 2019 Green Bay Packers defense:

    Jaire Alexander

    Kenny Clark

    Blake Martinez

    Kevin King

    Mike Daniels

    Z’Darius Smith

    Kyler Fackrell

    Adrian Amos

    Rashan Gary

    Tramon Williams

    Darnell Savage

    Josh Jackson

    Preston Smith


  10. I like GBs secondary they are young and do have time to gel, but King MUST stay healthy if they are going to maximize the effectiveness of that group.

  11. I like Kenny Clark – damn good player. Hopefully he can screw on Gary’s head in camp.

    As the late, great Vincent Lombardi once said “If you can accept complacency you can’t win. If you can run you can walk. No one is ever hurt. Hurt is in your butt.”

  12. This coming season is going to be the most interesting one in a decade. I can’t wait. The NFC north is as strong as it’s ever been.

  13. pkrlvr says:
    May 1, 2019 at 4:08 pm
    This coming season is going to be the most interesting one in a decade. I can’t wait. The NFC north is as strong as it’s ever been


    Have to agree with you there. Clark is a solid player. Vikings, packers and Bears all look solid. The Lions picked up a couple good players in FA and got themselves a solid TE in the draft. Let the games begin.

  14. Rookie Camp gets underway today. On field practices will take place on Friday and Saturday, but all the drafted rookies, UFDA’s and other invitees will be in Green Bay today to begin orientation.

    A Special Welcome to the 8 rookies drafted:

    #52 Edge Rashan Gary

    #26 S Darnell Savage

    #74 G Elgton Jenkins

    #87 TE Jace Sternberger

    #96 DT Kingsley Keke

    #29 CB Ka’dar Hollman

    #22 RB Dexter Williams

    #44 ILB Ty Summers


  15. Just to a name a few in the arsenal of the 2019 Green Bay Packers defense:
    Arsenal? Please wait until the Packer’s defense finishes in the top half of the league before you start naming them. It’s been a while for them.

    Kenny Clark is a nice player but Packer fans think he is All Pro quality because of all that garbage he plays amongst

  16. UDFA WR Matt Eaton could be one to watch this offseason. It will be tough to win a spot on this WR roster, but Eaton has the talent.

    Eaton will join his former Iowa State teammate and current Packers WR Allen Lazard at rookie camp this weekend.

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