A few days ago, on Thursday, there were two massive deals for George Kittle of the San Francisco 49ers and Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs worth big chunks of millions.
Kittle was given a 5-year extension worth $75 million, while Kelce got a 4-year extension worth $57 million. Such deals came amid a coronavirus pandemic that’s still affecting the entire world, including the sports world.
Further, we talked of expecting to see contract extensions with an enormous amount from teams in the NFL in the coming days.
On Saturday, Green Bay Packers gave out a deal worth $70 million with a 4-year contract extension to NT Kenny Clark. The club feels the need to retain their nose tackle as the signing continues to prevent other NFL clubs from snatching Clark.
In March, Clark was expected to become a free agent and earn nearly $7.6 million for this year. The Packers decided to sign him before he could become a free agent and attract other clubs in the NFL.
The deal comes with a $25 million signing bonus, which is actually the highest-ever amount for a non-quarterback in the history of Green Bay Packers. The only two players to come close to such a signing bonus is Za’Darius Smith in 2019, and Clay Matthews in 2013, where they received $20.5 million.
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, apart from the $25 million signing bonus, Clark will also receive $37 million paid over the first two years. The signing bonus amount will be paid out with five months. So, Clark is eligible to $25 million, and it doesn’t matter whether he won’t play if the current season doesn’t resume.
The Packers have gotten a discount by signing him because he had a contract with them this year. However, that doesn’t beat the fact that Clark’s $17.5 million per year is still the highest salary for a nose tackle in NFL history. He becomes second-highest Packer behind QB Aaron Rodgers, and the fourth-highest paid interior defensive lineman in the NFL on a yearly payment basis.
For the last three campaigns, Clark has been the starting centerpiece for the Packer’s defense, and he has portrayed a balanced game by contributing in the pass rush and still maintaining a full-speed motor against the runs.
In 2019, Clark achieved a career-high score with 62 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, and 6 sacks as Green Bay Packers boasted about their defensive game. That explains why Packers saw it fit to give him a raise and some deserved recognition with a 4-year, $70 million extension deal.
With this new deal, Kenny Clark, who is only 24 years old, is expected to earn about $18 million per year. By the time this deal ends, he will still be in the prime of his career, and as long as he continues improving, we can expect him to sign a bigger extension than this in the near future.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.