Ryan Clark hopes to retire with the Pittsburgh Steelers


Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark, who is entering his 12th NFL season, is unsure of his future, but knows he wants to finish his career in Pittsburgh.

Clark’s contract is up after the 2013 season and there have been no active negotiations between he and the Steelers.  But that doesn’t worry Clark, who said he wants continue playing but would be content if he had to retire.

“I’ve definitely let the team know I want to continue playing there,” Clark told Around The League from NFL Network studios. “I’m also very comfortable with what’s happened in my career and how long I’ve been able to play. I’m also actively working on setting things up for when I retire. Seeing what things I like to do and hopefully have those opportunities. I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m concerned, but I would like to play. If I don’t, I’m pretty happy how it went.”

Clark, who turns 34 in October, doesn’t see himself bouncing around the league from team to team just to extend his NFL career.

“To bounce around and try to go to all these different places and maybe play for one-year contracts here and there, that’s not something I really want to do,” he said.

Clark was asked if there was any concern about the health of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is coming off an injury-plagued season and is now recovering from knee surgery.

“No, there isn’t. Ben plays a brand of football that puts him at harm’s way at times,” he said. “I think he’s built for it. We also know that’s who he is and that’s what he has to play for us to be successful. If Ben tried to play like Peyton (Manning) or be Tom (Brady), that’s just not who he is. It wouldn’t work for us, it wouldn’t work for him.”

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