Kenny Clark is one of the most talented defensive tackles in the NFL and the Green Bay Packers are extremely lucky to have him on their side. Unfortunately for Green Bay, Clark is getting close to being able to hit free agency. He wants a new deal this offseason and the Packers will have to pony up to give it to him.
According to a report from Pro Football Talk, Clark wants an extension this offseason and is hoping that he will not have to hold out from the team in order to get one.
“I think it’s one of those situations where, I think they’re going to want me here for a long time,” Clark said. “I think I’m a stable player and I’m a core player here. I think they want me to be here and they’re going to try to do everything they can to keep me here. I just have to be level-headed and pray about it. I have confidence. I believe with their history, they don’t let guys they want to be here, they don’t really let them leave.”
The quote continues on to when Clark was asked about a potential holdout from the Packers and it’s obvious that he would much rather not going that route.
“Hopefully, I don’t have to do anything like that,” Clark said. “I’m not that kind of guy. I don’t think it will come to that.”
During the 2019 season with the Packers, Clark ended up recording 62 total tackles to go along with six sacks, a forced fumble, and one defended pass. Those numbers show why the Packers need to focus on getting a deal done with him. At 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds, Clark provides excellent run-stopping and pass-rushing ability.
Expect to see the two sides work to get a new done together this offseason. Green Bay isn’t going to play with fire and it’s obvious that Clark wants to stay with the Packers.