Clark believes he belongs among the best safeties in the league and surely will want to be paid as such.
"He's offering himself at hometown discount, so to speak," agent Joel Turner said. "We're not asking for more than most people would. Keep in mind, Ryan is the best free safety not only in unrestricted free agency but restricted free agency. He's the best free safety in the business ... he does a marvelous job of quarterbacking the defense. This is not a situation where this is some average guy. Ryan is superior at his position."
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First thought that comes to mind is, what?? followed by seriously??? I understand a player's need to feel like he's one of the best. You need that type of confidence to play in the league. I also understand that the agent is suppose to maximize the contract. So every agent claims their client is 'superior at his position' well except for JaMarcuss Russell who believe that his passing completion percentage should be like a golf score. In that case, he is superior. But if Clark hopes to be paid like one of the best safety's in the game, then I doubt we'll see him as a Steeler next year. If the Steelers didn't want to tag him, and they could have, and risk paying him six million this year, why would they offer a contract for that amount? You would imagine that anything they'd offer would be under six million per year and thats not being paid like one of the best safeties. Of course the signing bonus will make it sweeter but its still not the same because you can cut someone and not pay their base salary but still pay the guaranteed money so you don't end up playing the full contract.
But you would think that after this year there would be a consensus; Troy is the secondary, everyone else is just filling a position. If Ryan and his agent are really approaching these contract negotiations like Ryan is the best in the league we may in more trouble than Canada will be if their hockey team doesn't win gold, I swear they will tear that country apart. Although Carter did better in replacing Clark than he did Troy, and lets face it thats like trying to replace Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft Tomb Raider. We could be in a position where we may have to sign a big time FA or rush a rookie into the starting role and that is something that you never want to do. I'm sure they want to let Carter go and draft a rookie and have him sit and learn. I'm sure thats what we want because while Clark may not make others better around him, he does play a good complement to Troy - even if he isn't your prototypical ball-hawking FS. We need that stability there in order to make our run at 7. Blitz said it best, we are now in the window where we really can be dominate for the next couple of years. The offense just needs to get its Red Zone scoring up, the defense just needs to stay healthy and it will do what it always does. I don't fear any team in the NFL when we play our best. Clark there is nothing wrong with being modest and humble, I know its easier said than done because no one likes to take a pay cut. But if you sincerely want to keep playing with troy, just sign on the dotted line.