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Ryan Clark asking for more than Redskins are willing to pay

Clark is able to leverage a potential broadcasting career, so he can afford to be choosy. Whatever he's asking to play may be too much for the Redskins, but not enough to keep him out of the studio.

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It can be confirmed ex-Steelers safety Ryan Clark is drawing interest in free agency. Mike Jones of the Washington Post wrote Monday, "on Saturday, a person with knowledge of the situation said that Clark’s asking price exceeds the amount that Washington officials wanted to pay for the aging defensive back."

Without the exact numbers it's hard to draw a fair connection, but generally, it shouldn't be a surprise. Clark has been building his brand as a TV and radio personality over the last two years, appearing often on ESPN and NFL Network. If he can get paid a good amount to talk about football, at 34 years of age, why would he want to continue risking significant injury?

That's an opinion, and one many might find disagreeable, but Clark is a long-standing NFL veteran who received both a free agent contract with the Steelers in 2006 and an extension in 2010. Money came in for him, even if it's not quite the same level as his well-paid battery mate, Troy Polamalu.

Clark burst on the NFL scene when he was in Washington, playing alongside Sean Taylor. Taylor was tragically killed in 2006, and since then, Clark has worn the No. 21 in practice in honor of his teammate.