Ravens Defender Shares Touching Story About Contract Extension

Chuck Clark

Getty Chuck Clark celebrates a Ravens defensive stand.

Typically, folks don’t think of NFL stars as very much like the average person. Baltimore Ravens‘ safety Chuck Clark is here to prove that notion wrong.

Clark inked a contract extension with the Ravens this week, and obviously, he is a young guy who is still on the verge of proving himself in the league. After Clark was extended by the Ravens, he shared some awesome stories about the aftermath of the decision.

As he said, he handled the aftermath of getting paid like a pretty regular person, hanging with his kid, eating some good food and celebrating with his family.

“Yesterday as soon as I left here, within an hour I had my daughter for a few hours, later in the day we ended up going to a little Mexican restaurant, so nothing too crazy,” he said.

Even better, Clark explained what it was like to tell his mother about his extension.

“I told my mom later that day in person. She was happy, she was the first person I told outside of my wife,” he said. “She was happy, and actually, this morning, she called me again before work and she wanted to pray, so that was good for me.”

Neat to hear plenty of NFL players like Clark are still incredibly down to earth.

Chuck Clark’s Extension With Ravens

Monday morning, the team signed Clark to a contract extension according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. According to Schefter, Clark signed a $15.3 million dollar extension for 3 years with the team.

Clark will now head back to the secondary in which he’s become a leader in just a few short seasons time. Only 24 years old, the Ravens are banking on Clark being a huge piece for them moving forward in order to continue to lock down the backfield and develop into the next wave for the team.

The Ravens have found someone they want to build around in the backfield, and clearly, Clark was the first order of business this offseason for the team.

Chuck Clark Statistics

It’s easy to see why the Ravens like Clark so much. In his career, he’s put up 107 tackles, 1 sack and 2 interceptions in a short few seasons in Baltimore. A sixth round pick out of Virginia Tech, Clark has been a player that has developed well in a short amount of time in Baltimore. Odds are, he’s going to be a player that is able to compete for plenty of snaps and a big role moving forward.

Drafted out of Virginia Tech, Clark was a tackling machine in college given his 292 career tackles. Upon his foray into the NFL, he has fit in seamlessly with the Ravens and worked hard to get to the point where he earns his next contract. It’s always nice to see players like that thriving and having success in the league.

Now, Clark will be rewarded with the extension and look to continue to grow and thrive his career with the team that drafted him. It has to be a special feeling for the player to have that play out.

Ravens 2019 Defensive Statistics

Baltimore’s defense was a top group in the league this season. They were rated the No. 3 defense in terms of total yards allowed (300.6), the No. 6 defense in terms of passing yards per-game (207.2), and the 5th ranked rush defense in the league with 93.4 yards per-game.

A key point? Baltimore also piled up 37 sacks on the season, with Matt Judon accounting for 9.5 in 2019. Obviously, the defense is solid as a whole and has plenty to like moving forward, but the team would have to find a suitable replacement for Judon somewhere considering his overall talent if he were to leave. That’s been rumored so far this offseason. In terms of the defensive backfield, the Ravens collected 13 total picks last season which was a solid number.

It’s nice to see the team building around a solid defensive back in the meantime, however. It’s even better to see a classy guy like Clark who’s put in the hard work get rewarded.

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