Packers, Kenny Clark agree to four-year extension

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Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark is heading into the fifth and final year of his rookie contract, but he won’t become a free agent next year.

Instead, Clark and the Packers have agreed to a four-year contract extension.

A league source tells PFT Clark will get a $25 million signing bonus and $37 million over the first two years of the deal.

Clark was due to make a salary of $7.69 million this season in the fifth-year option season on his rookie contract.

The Packers took Clark out of UCLA with the 27th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. He was selected to his first Pro Bowl last year, and he’s still just 24 years old. The Packers think he has many good years ahead of him.

52 responses to “Packers, Kenny Clark agree to four-year extension

  1. Nice! That was an important one. And only 24. Probably our best pick in the last 5 years.

  2. Great News!!!
    Fantastic youthful kid on and off the field who’s still just growing at his position.
    I know that they’ve been working on this contract for some time, very pleased that it’s finally done.

    Though there are still a few others that need to be addressed, the focus can now go to David Bakhtiari.
    Getting our possible Hall of Fame Left Tackle signed, sealed, and delivered is priority #1.

  3. Sit back and watch America’s Team getting it done. Good cap management means you can do these types of deals, unlike others in the division letting their entire Def secondary walk lol.

  4. Nice to be 24, and handed $62M over the next two years. Really, what universe does he live in, in a universe that I have never heard of. Now lets play some football!

  5. Clark is a young 24 year old Defensive all pro lineman for the Packers who has now matured to the point he should barring injury become a pro bowl player for the next five years of this contract.one he gets his hands on the ball carrier or qb they dont get away.excellent move by Gutz.

  6. When San Francisco didn’t even bother to throw a pass long stretches of the playoff game you know they have no respect for your run defense. Packers are likely to regret taking Rashan Gary over Clemson’s mammoth Dexter Lawrence in the first round. And they are likely to regret it for the next 8 years.

  7. ariani1985 says:
    August 15, 2020 at 11:43 am
    Another peice to the traditionally horrific packer defense!

    //////////./////////

    Do you have any other original thoughts? Or is this it? Really, I’m surprised you don’t end your posts with “lol!!!”

  8. Who was the guy Thompson drafted and then desperately overpaid out of UCLA becssue he whiffed so many times on the front 7 the last decade, he had to make it seem like the guy was good?

    Datone Jones? Was that him?

    This feels similar. This Clark guy only looks elite because everyone else is so bad.

    lol

  9. lots of people in the comments section hate the packers, and i do too, but objectively speaking, this guy is a good player and Im sure that half the teams in the league would want this guy to start for them had he become a free agent

  10. aa1829 says:
    August 15, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Nice to be 24, and handed $62M over the next two years. Really, what universe does he live in, in a universe that I have never heard of. Now lets play some football!

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    You misread the contract. It’s $37 million over the first two years. The $25 million signing bonus is part of the $37 million, not in addition to it.

  11. In 5 postseason games Clarke has a total of 12 tackles. Seems he shrinks in big games just like aaron Rodgers.

  12. Clark anchored a very much improved defense, helping win fourteen games and secure a sweep of the division when each and every division rival and their fans predicted a 6-10 finish for the Packers, at best.

    Scoreboard.

  13. cheeseisfattening says:
    August 15, 2020 at 1:11 pm
    In 5 postseason games Clarke has a total of 12 tackles. Seems he shrinks in big games just like aaron Rodgers.

    2 5 Rate This

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    Nick Perry/Datone Jones part deux

    desperation pat on the back style re-sign

  14. hailtothe says:
    August 15, 2020 at 12:34 pm
    aa1829 says:
    August 15, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Nice to be 24, and handed $62M over the next two years. Really, what universe does he live in, in a universe that I have never heard of. Now lets play some football!

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    You misread the contract. It’s $37 million over the first two years. The $25 million signing bonus is part of the $37 million, not in addition to it.

    6 0 Rate This

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    That makes it better.

    lol

  15. realisticlionsfan says:
    August 15, 2020 at 12:13 pm
    lots of people in the comments section hate the packers, and i do too, but objectively speaking, this guy is a good player and Im sure that half the teams in the league would want this guy to start for them had he become a free agent

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    Good comment, but I’d say almost every team not called the Rams would be very happy to have this guy over who they have at the position…

  16. They have 2 really good players and 2 pretty good players on defense. Clark is the former and probably the overall best player on that team. Probably over payed a tiny bit but considering value and position, its worth it. Good job by the Packers front office.

  17. When good players walk, it’s a symptom of bigger problems, so the extension is a good sign.

    I kind of wondered after the QB draft fiasco…

    It’s interesting to see who the club considers “key” players.

  18. Great first full practice today in Green Bay. I actually got to see about 25 mins of it. Noticed the absolute cannon arm of J-Love and that AJ Dillon looks like Adrian Peterson with much bigger legs. Dude is a massive beast that runs like a faster Derrick Henry. Impressive. Josiah Deguara was impressive as well.

    Good to see Kirko out there with the defense. I think he will add a lot to this defense.

  19. You have to understand the position he plays. As a 1 technique NT his job is to force a double team from the center and a guard. That puts the rest of the d-line in one on one matchups unless you keep a TE or RB in to help on passing plays and keeps the LB’s clean to run and hit on running plays. Not a sexy stat producing role but it is vital to the defense. Similar to what Vince Wilfork did for the Patriots all those years.

  20. Reading the comments from seething Viking fans in this thread is hilarious. Cope harder queenies, hehe.

  21. That means Packers are moving away from putting offense as priority, meaning, Rodgers will be gone next season.

  22. “Your GM is a loyal Vikings fan from MN, nuff said”

    ========
    I realize you desperately want the great Brian Gutekunst to be related to your little purples in some way, but nope, not even the slightest bit true. Try to keep up.👌
    Gute was born in Raleigh NC. Gute has lived most of his life in Wisconsin and has always been a Packers fan. Gute went to college at and played football at UW-LaCrosse. Gute was a assistant coach at LaCrosse before becoming a scout for the Packers starting in 1998. Has been with the Pack ever since.

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackerNation!

  23. “According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Clark’s 49 pressures and 43 disruptions in 2019 were second only to perennial All-Pro Aaron Donald among defensive tackles.”

    What to do, what to do. I mean on the one hand, we have actual facts and that’s all well and good. On the other hand, we have a bunch of Internet trolls in full panic. I just don’t know who to believe…

  24. flviking says:
    August 15, 2020 at 5:07 pm
    The 49er RBs are very happy.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Maybe, but certainly the Viking offense is nervous.

    Scoreboard.

  25. cheeseisfattening says:
    August 15, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    Over paid. But that’s what it takes to get players to live in Green Bay.
    ~~~~~~~
    As opposed to living in that socialist dumpster fire of Minneapolis, you make me laugh.

  26. Looked great against San Francisco last year. Especially the Championship game..

  27. cheeseisfattening says:
    August 15, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    In 5 postseason games Clarke has a total of 12 tackles. Seems he shrinks in big games

    +++++

    In 5 postseason games Mike Zimmer has lost 3 of them. Seems like he shrinks in big games. Like the rest of the Viking lot.

  28. whostolemyxanax says:
    August 15, 2020 at 4:51 pm
    You have to understand the position he plays. As a 1 technique NT his job is to force a double team from the center and a guard. That puts the rest of the d-line in one on one matchups unless you keep a TE or RB in to help on passing plays and keeps the LB’s clean to run and hit on running plays. Not a sexy stat producing role but it is vital to the defense. Similar to what Vince Wilfork did for the Patriots all those years.

    6 5 Rate This

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    That’s a massive insult to Vinece Wilfork.

    We know what the position is meant to be but Vince took on doubles
    and produced consistently at a very high level.

    This guy is part or a front that gets shredded routinely.

  29. touchback6 says:
    August 15, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    That’s a massive insult to Vinece Wilfork.

    +++++

    Vince* Wilfork played 13 seasons in the NFL, had more than 54 tackles 2 times, and had 16 career sacks in 179 starts.

    Kenny Clark has played 4 seasons, had more than 54 tackles 3 times, and has 16.5 sacks in 46 starts.

  30. With the gazillions a lot of these players make, does it really matter to them after all if they make it and win the SB?
    The team may lose a playoff or have a losing season but in the end those players are really winners after all.

  31. Did any of the Packers “owners” have a about his contract at all?
    No?
    Then they are really not owners of a team after all, are they?

  32. touchback6 says:
    August 15, 2020 at 11:10 am

    Who is Kenny Clark?

    lol Their D is horrible

    +++++

    The Packers horrible D gave up just 10 more points than the Vikings horrible D last season.

    And that’s before the Vikings lost their top 3 cornerbacks, Linval Joseph, and Everson Griffen. Dom Capers (lol) has his work cut out for him.

  33. Thrilled to see this… Always stunned when the Packers pay a veteran non QB.

    Great player, one of the most underrated in the league.

  34. packerlies says:
    August 15, 2020 at 8:28 pm
    touchback6 says:
    August 15, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    That’s a massive insult to Vinece Wilfork.

    +++++

    Vince* Wilfork played 13 seasons in the NFL, had more than 54 tackles 2 times, and had 16 career sacks in 179 starts.

    Kenny Clark has played 4 seasons, had more than 54 tackles 3 times, and has 16.5 sacks in 46 starts.

    37 2 Rate This

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    “stats are losers” – B. Belichick

    Umm, Wilfork perfected the NT positiion, is a first ballot hall of famer, and was so great at the position, he was double teamed his entire career. NTs, at least good ones, take on doubles on every snap.

    Kenny Clark? Whoever that is…lol…not so much.

    Wilfork and Ngata are the 2 best to play that positiion the last 15-20 years.

    He has 2 rings and multiple ints as a NT. Clearly, the most athletic NT to ever play the game, not to mention, was never part of a crap front 7 like GB.

    Wake me when a no name named Kenny Clark isn’t being twisted around watching running backs run by him for 4 qtrs.

  35. Clark is a force. He would be even more effective if he had help on the DL. It is a need Gutekunst has not filled.

  36. Clark is solid. All the naysayers here are just mad because of Green Bay’s success over the past several decades. Be realistic at least. Clark is one of the best tackles in the NFL. No disputing that. His presence on the line has made a huge difference. The Packers defensive holes have been at inside linebacker and safety. I don’t expect much improvement in those areas at this point. Time will tell, but they simply didn’t do enough to address the problems against the run.

  37. touchback6 says:
    August 16, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    packerlies says:
    August 15, 2020 at 8:28 pm
    touchback6 says:
    August 15, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    That’s a massive insult to Vinece Wilfork.

    +++++

    Vince* Wilfork played 13 seasons in the NFL, had more than 54 tackles 2 times, and had 16 career sacks in 179 starts.

    Kenny Clark has played 4 seasons, had more than 54 tackles 3 times, and has 16.5 sacks in 46 starts.

    37 2 Rate This

    —————

    “stats are losers” – B. Belichick

    Umm, Wilfork perfected the NT positiion, is a first ballot hall of famer, and was so great at the position, he was double teamed his entire career. NTs, at least good ones, take on doubles on every snap.

    Kenny Clark? Whoever that is…lol…not so much.

    Wilfork and Ngata are the 2 best to play that positiion the last 15-20 years.

    He has 2 rings and multiple ints as a NT. Clearly, the most athletic NT to ever play the game, not to mention, was never part of a crap front 7 like GB.

    Wake me when a no name named Kenny Clark isn’t being twisted around watching running backs run by him for 4 qtrs.

    ——————————–

    Wait….so you don’t even know who he is, and yet you feel competent to comment on his play anyway? Based on what???

  38. ariani1985 says:
    August 15, 2020 at 12:46 pm
    This guy makes the Smith sisters look average on the field.

    Does that include the Z Smith that now has to pay property taxes for the new home he has in the Vikings O backfield?

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