Ryan Clark to Redskins: Latest Contract Details, Analysis and Reaction

Tim KeeneyContributor IMarch 31, 2014

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Updates from Thursday, April 3

Mike Jones of The Washington Post provides financial details of Ryan Clark's contract with the Redskins:

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Eight seasons removed from his last stint in Landover, Md., safety Ryan Clark is returning to the Washington Redskins. The team announced the deal was done on Wednesday:

NFL.com's Albert Breer first reported the 34-year-old, who spent the last eight years with Pittsburgh Steelers after a two-year run with Washington in the mid-2000s, has agreed to terms with his old team:

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora adds some additional details:

Clark tweeted about his decision on Monday night:


In eight years with the Steelers, Clark tallied 666 combined tackles, 12 interceptions and 42 pass deflections, per NFL.com. As one of the staples at the back of the hard-nosed Pittsburgh defense, he has shown the ability to make plays in coverage or come up and help in the run game. 

However, as Pittsburgh struggled with inconsistency on that side of the ball in 2013, Clark also dealt with a disappointing season, as CBS Sports' Pete Prisco noted:

Nevertheless, while the monetary details are still not yet known, a one-year deal means there is very little risk involved, making this a smart move by the Redskins, especially considering their current depth in the secondary with Bacarri Rambo and Phillip Thomas at the safety positions. 

La Canfora further commended the deal:

It will be intriguing to see if this signing at all affects how Washington approaches sought-after free agent DeSean Jackson, who is meeting with the team on Monday night, per Breer.

Either way, though, this continues a quietly productive offseason for the Redskins, who add a physical, veteran presence to their defense and look intent on moving out of the NFC East cellar in 2014.