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Former Steelers S Ryan Clark Wound Up Signing A Veteran Qualifying Contract With The Redskins


At the conclusion of the 2013 season, former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark was quoted as saying that he didn’t see himself as a player willing to play for the veteran league minimum in 2014. Now that three months has passed since he made that statement, he must have had a change of heart. Sort of.

On Monday, Clark agreed to a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins and according to the NFLPA numbers, that contract was a veteran qualifying deal. That means that the longtime Steelers safety will earn a veteran minimum base salary of $955,000 in 2014 and $65,000 for signing. That contract also means that he will only have a $635,000 cap charge in 2014 as well.

On Thursday, former Steelers linebacker Larry Foote said in an interview on 93.7 The Fan that he has no intentions of playing for the veteran minimum in 2014, so we’ll have to see if his mind changes over the course of the next few months like Clark’s did.

In addition to Foote, Eric Metz, the agent of Steelers free agent defensive end Brett Keisel, was recently was quoted as saying that his client “would retire before taking a job that pays minimum wage.”

As far as we know right now, Keisel hasn’t made any free agent visits. He could, however, still be on the Steelers radar, but if so, he isn’t likely to be re-signed until after June 1st.

As far as Clark’s goes, he still could figure into the compensatory formula next offseason despite signing with the Redskins for the minimum. It all depends on the amount of playing time he receives and how well he plays.

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  • srdan

    Good for him.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Thats great hope he starts every game. Liked him a lot as a Steelers player was a great FA pickup for us but the selfish side of me is hoping for a decent compensatory pick..

  • Ben Anderson

    Poor Ryan will only make a million bucks this season. I feel really bad for him.

  • JAMESH

    You do realize that’s only $20k per week, don’t you? – steveo

  • Ben Anderson

    It’s gotta be hard to feed a family on that.

  • Steve

    These guys must think they are working at Wal Mart making minimum wages not the vet minimum in the NFL. Really don’t feel sorry for Foote, Keisel or Clark. At $20k a week they should be grateful they got a job and not bottom feeding from unemployment.

  • RyanW

    I would love to make only 20k per week

  • CrazyTerry

    Owners are making many millions and they don’t risk injury. A lot of NFL players have numerous physical ailments in their middle age. Most of them deserve every dollar they get. Goodell makes more than any player.

  • PoKey21

    I’m sure it’s in another article on here somewhere, but does anyone know if the Steelers even tried offering him the vet minimum? I can’t understand why we didn’t bring him back just to compete for that price. All it is is the vet minimum plus 65k more, right? I’d say his leadership in the locker room is worth that as long as he could take being a backup in stride. Pretty much same way I feel about Keisel too. Even if both say they won’t play for minimum, offering a minimum qualifying contract with them aware that they will have to compete to be on the team wouldn’t hurt anything.

  • Rosco

    Roger Goodell made 43 million in 2012!! How many NFL players made that? Ryan should have just retired.

  • Steve

    Ridiculous how much NFL people make, and it is a Non-Profit. The shit is getting deep.

  • Steve

    Some owner don’t care if they win or lose. If they fill their stadiums and sell out box lodges, their happy. Just ask Jerry Jones.

  • Steve

    After rattin out his team by telling about some smokin weed? He was a gonner after that narking. That is why Foote came back with his comment to Stick up for Clark. If there are any after June 1st returns for the vet minimum, it may be Debo and Keisel to fill in on “D”.

  • PoKey21

    True, I forgot about the whole snitching thing. I figured he could of helped out Shark and Mitchell get a better grasp of the system, but probably not worth the drama in the end, ur right.

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