Updates from Thursday, April 3
Mike Jones of The Washington Post provides financial details of Ryan Clark's contract with the Redskins:
Ryan Clark signed a one-year deal worth $1M, which included a $145k signing bonus, source says. #Redskins— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) April 3, 2014
Ryan Clark's deal is the same deal Brandon Meriweather got. Cap hit $1M.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) April 3, 2014
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:
Redskins agreed to terms with ex-Steeler safety Ryan Clark, per club source. He'll be coming in shortly.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 31, 2014
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora adds some additional details:
Ryan Clark had agreed to terms on a 1yr deal with the Skins. Expected to start immediately— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 31, 2014
Clark tweeted about his decision on Monday night:
Enjoyed every second of the last 8 years in Pittsburgh. Great city, amazing organizations & of course awesome fans! Thank you Steeler Nation— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) April 1, 2014
Pulling the jersey out for one more spin in search of the Lombardi!!! Not time to frame it yet! HTTR! pic.twitter.com/Tlmp3hIuXF— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) April 1, 2014
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:
Redskins better hope they don't get Ryan Clark from last season.— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) March 31, 2014
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:
Ryan Clark is a former Skin who still has ties to the area. And he's a great scheme fit. Makes sense all around— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 31, 2014
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.