Steelers S Ryan Clark Is Not Expecting The Team To Extend His Contract Before Sunday

The Pittsburgh Steelers only have a few more days left to get contract extensions done and veteran safety Ryan Clark is pretty sure he will not receive one.

Clark told Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider that he would be surprised if his contract is extended before the start of the season as the team knows how comfortable he is in Pittsburgh and as a result they will likely see about re-signing him next offseason.

Clark is a smart man and while he said all of the right things during the offseason, he ultimately knows that his age played a big role in him not receiving an extension.

Assuming Clark wants to play next season, the Steelers will once again let him test the free agent market like they did several years ago. Should he ultimately want to play one final year in Pittsburgh, the Steelers will more than likely offer him a one-year qualified contract for the minimum.

Defensive end Brett Keisel is in the same boat as Clark, so you can expect the team will take the same course of action with him following the season.

As far as defensive end Ziggy Hood, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and running back Isaac Redman go, there is still time to get something done. Hood remains the likeliest of the three to receive an extension, but there are no guarantees that it will happen.

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  • steeltown

    Yep.. I could see Hood or Sanders for sure.. and now I’d add Al Woods to that list as well being that he seems to have found a spot for himself and he’ll be a UFA next year.

    Clark and Keisel can both be reviewed next offseason

  • Berlusconi

    I hope that at least one DE gets extended. If both Hood and Woods would be gone after the season, it would be a mess.

  • steeltown

    Indeed.. I don’t they’ll let that happen, not with Keisel nearing the end

  • Mkeller

    I love Clark, Keisel, Ike but just can’t extend players over the 30 barrier and hope to have long term success. And those guys are all over 34.They can be had next offseason for vet minimums. I’d get Ziggy locked up, he’ll come fairly cheap. I wouldn’t even look at Sanders. As far as I’m concerned the jury is still out. Between injuries, drops, fumbles they need another year to see where he is. However, had they signed him to the 4 year deal he’d be up for restricted next year as he was drafted under the old deal. Just never understood the 3 year rookie deal policy.

  • Addison

    I don’t see any extensions happening unless someone blows the doors down this season. Seems like Colbert isn’t excited about anyone. Steelers have brought in a bunch of new scouts. Most Noticeable Aaron Smith.

  • steeltown

    Hood seems like the likeliest candidate

  • StrengthOfVictory

    It would be nice to see Sanders get an extension, so we actually have some stability (rather than a revolving door) at WR, but that would mean Manny and his agent don’t try to pussyfoot around or play hardball too much.

  • steeltown

    I would like to have him under contract as well, but it’s pretty evident they’ll play hardball and if he has a good year it will only get worse next offseason. This very well may be his final season, especially if Wheaton breaks out

  • Douglas Andrews

    I think they extend guys with an eye towards the future. So i expect Hood and Al Woods to get extended. Shouldn’t cost them much right now. Sanders I would wait on unless he wants to accept something around 4yr/20mill offer. Jury is still not out yet on him as a starter and WR is a position that the Steelers have shown they can replace in the draft. I really like Clark would be hard to part ways but he would be 35 next year so that’s a tough one. I would offer a one yr to both Clark and Kiesel after they tested the FA market.

  • Mike.H

    Ryan Clark will always be remembered to be a capable cover Safty and a bone-jarring hard hitter. Every time Ryan goes down, I cringe with the replacement. I hope Shamarko changes my outlook.

  • ATL96STEELER

    Coming off 8-8…I wouldn’t extend anyone.

    S…I don’t expect to see the Troy P./Clark tandem next year…at the same time I don’t expect 2 new starters either. If Troy stays healthy all year and plays well, they will bring him back for his final season, and probably move Thomas to FS.

    If Troy doesn’t have a good year, they will ask for a big cut in pay, and I’m not sure Troy will consent…then Thomas moves into the SS role and I think they will offer Clark a little stronger 1 yr deal.

  • Mike.H

    Seems to me, Antonio Brown would’ve signed with at least a million dollars less per year than the deal he’s signed. May be I’m wrong….

  • ATL96STEELER

    Brett is done after this season…they are planning on platooning him with Heyward this yr imo with the idea that Heyward is the FT starter next yr.

  • ATL96STEELER

    Possibly, but AB’s deal was done with the hopes of re-signing Wallace…the 1st yr of Brown new contract was very cap friendly to include Wallace…just never materialized…now Browns cap hit is pretty healthy.

  • steeltown

    Not if he continues to outplay the other DL and get the most pressure up front.. lets not forget Keisel didn’t play much his first 3yrs in the League, he didn’t start till 2006, so technically he only has 6-7yrs worth of wear on his tires…. that said, if Heyward steps up this year AND Hood is retained then yes he could be gone after this season (possibly brought back on 1yr deal for depth)

  • Mkeller

    I think the only way Sanders is back is if he has a bad season. If there is competition for him the Steelers will pass.

  • ATL96STEELER

    I get that, but 34, soon to be 35…PIT is trying to get younger without killing the team…now, I do agree if he outplays the young guys, Colbert/Tomlin will have a tough decision…not many 36 y/o DE out there though. I see a rotation of Heyward, Hood (he will be fairly cheap) and Wood next year.

  • steeltown

    Nice to know we have some good looking young prospects as well, in Arnfelt and Nicholas Williams

  • JohnnyV1

    Agree w/ decision not to extend Clark’s now. The market for 35 yr old (2014) isn’t lucrative.

  • ATL96STEELER

    Arnfelt made thru to the PS right, and Williams was injured…is that right?

  • walter mason

    Williams is protected on IR. Arnelt is on the PS.
    Question: is Arnfelt protected or can other teams sign him?

  • steeltown

    Its possible, but this guy was the first player in NFL history to amass 1,000yds receiving and 1,000yds returning in a single season, on top of his hard work ethic it was a no brainer. In relation, he makes less than others with his skillsets, like Desean Jackson

  • steeltown

    Other Teams can offer him a contract, but they have activate him to their 53man

  • bgsteelfan

    Sanders is the only person they should be looking to extend at this point. Hood hasn’t done enough to show his worth and it doesn’t make sense from either side to extend.

    Clark is a similar situation. My guess is if he plays next year, it will be here, and both sides know that, so why hurry.

  • NW86

    My thoughts exactly – except that I see Golden as the FS replacement (or somebody new but not Thomas). So if Troy lasts another year, Thomas waits another year to become the starter.

  • NW86

    Agreed – besides, hindsight is always 20/20. We can’t fault the Steelers for offering him that contract when they did – if they didn’t and Brown had another great last year, he would be playing elsewhere for Mike Wallace money now.

  • Bell Cow

    My vote would be for Sanders so we can stop having to spend high draft picks on WRs. Brown, Wheaton, Sanders, and Moye could be a special combination for the next 3-5 years.

  • steeltown

    Agreed, the kid is dynamic, he had an avg year in ’12, but he is capable making plays on Offense and ST

  • steeltown

    But that’s just it, Hood may not have flashed big play, but he has played well. He shouldn’t break the bank. Keisel is nearing the end and Woods is also a UFA next year.. it makes sense to offer Hood a modest extension

  • steeltown

    If you listen to Lebeau’s recent interview, you can tell he really likes Ziggy

  • Mkeller

    It would have been a smart signing. Securing cheap labor for the future.

  • steeltown

    ..consistent, durable labor

  • bgsteelfan

    It makes sense for THEM that way, yes, but not for Ziggy, who needs this contract year to earn a bigger contract. And on the flip size, it makes no sense for them to sign Ziggy to a contract he MIGHT earn.

    That is what I meant.

  • Mkeller

    I don’t mean “cheap” as an insult. But with a flat cap and a franchise QB salary to contend with you have to secure your young inexpensive talent for as long as possible. Who knows? Even if he becomes a FA they may get him back at a favorable #. So many teams switching to the 34 that it gets tougher to find the type of guys you need.