Will Ryan Clark Return Next Year?

Ahmad RashadAnalyst IJanuary 26, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 27:  Safety Ryan Clark #25 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on December 27, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
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Ryan Clark wants to stay with the Steelers. The Steelers want him to stay as well. But there is one problem. Money. It's supposed to be the ultimate source of all joy, but who knew it could cause so much trouble.

Let's hear what Clark had to say about him staying.

Yeah, I do. I do," Clark said. "It's a great place to play. I think the Rooney family runs the team the way an organization should be run. I want to come back and make it right too. I want to come back and play with Troy, get all our guys back and make another run at it".

Sounds like he wants to stay, but will the Rooney's pay him the salary of some of the highest paid DB's in the league which is an average of $5.13 million?

Clark made $2.4 million this year. But it seems very unlikely the Rooneys will have Polamalu and Clark among the highest paid DB's especially with next year probably being without a salary cap.

He is schelduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 5. So will he stay with the Steelers or will he go with another team for more money? Only time will tell but I hope he stays. Let me know what you think.