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    Clark's agent doesn't expect a deal soon
    By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
    Thursday, March 4, 2010

    If the Steelers want free safety Ryan Clark back, they may have to bid against other teams for his services.

    Clark can shop himself around after today, and his agent said he's "not optimistic" that he will get a deal done with the Steelers before the start of the free agent signing period.

    Free agency begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

    "The reality of it is we're just not in agreement on what I feel his worth is," Clark's agent, Joel Turner, said Wednesday. "We'll get something done if they want to. It's that simple. Don't know that we will, but it's not a situation where either side has told the other one 'We're moving on.' "

    Clark, an unrestricted free agent, wants to stay with the Steelers. Director of football operations Kevin Colbert has said the Steelers want the eighth-year veteran to return.

    But Colbert also indicated at the recent NFL Scouting Combine that the Steelers may be willing to let Clark test the open market before signing him to a long-term deal.

    "I think they feel obligated to look and see what's out there," Colbert said last week. "That's OK because when a player comes back and we're able to sign him and they've done their homework and they feel their best opportunity is here, then everybody feels better."

    Clark has started for the Steelers since signing a four-year, $7 million contract with them in 2006. He tied for the team lead in interceptions last season (three) and was second on the Steelers in tackles (89).

    The loss of Clark, 30, would leave the Steelers thin at free safety and probably needing to address the position in free agency or the NFL Draft in April.

    Since coming to Pittsburgh, Clark has overcome a life-threatening medical situation — he had to have his spleen and gall bladder removed during the 2007 season — and helped the Steelers win a Super Bowl.

    Turner said Clark told him "point blank" that he doesn't want to leave the Steelers. Turner added that he expects talks between he and the Steelers to go right up to the end of the team's exclusive negotiating rights with Clark.

    "What we're trying to do," Turner said, "is see if we can come to an agreement on what we feel is Ryan's value to the organization."

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    Default Re: Clark's agent doesn't expect a deal soon

    This might be a situation where an agent really isn't doing what is in their client's best interests.....

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    Default Re: Clark's agent doesn't expect a deal soon

    Man do I hate when agents talk like that.

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    Default Re: Clark's agent doesn't expect a deal soon

    Let us call a spade a spade. Clark seems to want to stay but he or his agent or both are trying to make as much money as they can during his last year before doing the slide in age. Can't blame them but, if you want to be someplace or in some position, you would be there.

    These agents have lttie to lose in my opinion. They sit back and not sweat it out like the player and in the end,they still make the money they would have had from the start.

    It's Clark that would need to relocate. It's Clark that would need to make new friends, learn the area, learn the new defenses. Doesn't always mean he will be pleased with his choice or be on a winning team.
    Clark would be smart to sign with Steelers in my opinion.

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