Steelers Free Agent S Ryan Clark Signs With Redskins

Prior to playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers, safety Ryan Clark was a member of the Washington Redskins for two seasons. On Monday, Clark, an unrestricted free agent, signed a one-year contract with his former team.

Clark, who entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants in 2002, last played for the Redskins in 2005. That following offseason, the Steelers signed him as an unrestricted free agent.

The Steelers decided to move on from Clark this offseason as they signed former Carolina Panthers free agent safety Mike Mitchell on the first day of free agency.

During his eight seasons with the Steelers, Clark started 109 regular-season games and recorded 12 interceptions to go along with four forced fumbles.

Clark had visited with the Redskins a few weeks ago and at that time it did not look like a deal was imminent. Since that time, the Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens were teams reported as having interest in the LSU product.

Clark signing with the Redskins prior to June 1st is good news for the Steelers as he could factor into the compensatory draft pick formula next offseason as a free agent loss dependng on how well he plays and how much playing time he receives.

  • Matt Manzo

    I had no idea he was a UDFA! That’s crazy!!! What was his scouting report coming outta college?

  • Tullydew

    This is great news. Good for Clark and good for the Steelers. Hope he gets 600 plus snaps for the skins. Just helps our compensation picks for next year

  • Jason

    I don’t see us getting a lot for Clark. Unless his face time on ESPN counts as production I’d expect very little.

  • RyanW

    Good for him he was a great player for us. Redskins better not rely on him in coverage though.

  • frednash

    Great player for us

    Always loved his fearless style

    Wish him success

    ps maybe he can get them to change their name!

  • Tullydew

    I don’t expect much either. However a 6th or 7th round pick is better then nothing. Heck we just got a 6th for losing Ryan Mundy.

  • shawn

    Good for him … Good Guy .. played the game the way it should be played … He was very fun to watch in his prime !

  • Steelers12328882

    Nice! That’ll certainly help next off season.

  • Steeler Fanatic

    Why is everybody overlooking Ryan’s yapping about the locker room for ESPN. He has been solid but he should have retired… Hanging on too long.

  • Steven Vincent

    Congrats to Ryan! I’m happy for him…and he’s not in the conference too!

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Good for him. He may still knock a couple of guys out, but they won’t be as fearful as they used to be of his hits. Skins were pretty feeble at safety last year, so who knows. I used to love those hits, when he would often set the tone for some games. Ah, those days are gone, and luckily the Steelers have a few new guys that may succeed him very well.

  • Steve

    Players always think they have one more year. They could have been terrible or missed half the year hurt, just one more year, Please!

  • Louis Goetz

    Because Clark is over 30 years old the most the Steelers could get, even if he went All Pro, is a 5th round comp pick. When Faneca left in ’08 he made the Pro Bowl and the Steelers thought they’d get a 3rd round comp pick for him. All they got was a 5th and the 30 year old cap was the explanation why. I don’t see Clark producing for the Redskins what Faneca did for the Jets, so we shouldn’t expect a comp pick for Clark.

  • Louis Goetz

    Congratulations to Ryan. I hope his contract is incentive laden and he makes a gazillion dollars. As a fan, I truly appreciated what he did in ’10 when he was set to sign with the Dolphins, and at the 11th hour decided not to, despite the fact that the Steelers weren’t offering him what Miami was. He wasn’t one of the “greats” but it sure was great having him in black and gold.

  • pat

    Not true look what Baltimore got for Ed Reed

  • Douglas Andrews

    Good Luck Ryan with your new team. Turned out to be a great FA signing for us. Hate to see him go but wish him well as long as your not playing the Steelers.

  • tim

    What did they get for Reed??

  • tim

    Good for them………………JUST dont blaze around HIM! #narc lol

  • pat

    I believe it was a 4th dont know how though seeing as he was hurt for like the first 5 games and then cut by the Texans

  • tim

    Geez a 4th rd pick for less than 50 snaps?? Wow..!

  • sean mcmartin

    Ryan Clark was a big part of the Superbowl wins. Thank you Ryan Clark for providing some great safety play for the Steelers. It was a great run..

  • Nolrog

    I’m happy for Clark. Hope he has a good year. Surprised that someone picked him up though. Figured he was going straight to ESPN.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    After his playing days are over, I hope Clark gets one of those deals that allows him to retire as a Steeler.

  • steeltown

    Good for him

  • LouPGH

    That hit Clark laid on Willis McGahee is still one of the nastiest shots I can remember. Maybe it’s for the best that guys can’t do that anymore, but Clark could be just as reckless with his body as Polamalu and I for one really enjoyed watching him play in Black & Gold. Hope the last contract he signs is a one-day deal to retire as a Steeler.

  • Louis Goetz

    The Ravens got a 3rd, 2 4th and a 5th for losing:
    1. Dannell Ellerbe, who started 15 games – 101 tackles, 2 INTs and a sack
    2. Paul Kruger, who started 16 games – 47 tackles, 4.5 sacks & 2 FF
    3. Cary Williams, who started 16 games – 3 INTs, 67 tackles and a sack
    4. Ed Reed, who started 10 & played in 14 games – 3 INTs, 38 tackles & 4 pass defensed
    Based on the production of the players they lost, Ellerbe got them the 3rd, Kruger & Williams got them the 2 4th, and Reed got them a gift of a 5th rounder.