Gutey’s Birthday Gift To Me: Kenny Clark Gets The Bag
Some may know that today is my birthday. I turn 32 and started doing SnotapWI related stuff since the age of 21. It is crazy to think that I’ve been doing it for this long and never got tired of it minus one three-month hiatus. When your birthday falls in the middle of summer in a normal year, the sports teams that can ‘gift’ you presents are usually just the Milwaukee Brewers. This summer isn’t normal. But the Green Bay Packers gave me a gift as well by paying Kenny Clark right before they opened training camp. Clark is receiving a four-year deal worth 70 million dollars with a 25 million dollar signing bonus.
More info on the Kenny Clark deal:
🏈Clark will make $37M in the first two years of the deal.
🏈There’s no deferral on the bonus.
🏈And he’s now tied to Green Bay for the next five seasons. https://t.co/JLTU0YEfPP
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 15, 2020
This is a great deal for the Packers and Clark. Not surprising to anyone who pays attention that Russ Ball is a cap wizard. He might be a dickhead, but the guy knows how to maneuver a salary cap. This means a few things. One, Clark’s deal is really a two-year deal worth 37 million dollars. After those two years, Packers have some flexibility with the deal if Clark falls off a cliff as a player. I highly doubt that would happen, but stranger things have occurred. Clark will be in Green Bay until 29, so, he still can get paid another time around the same range by either Green Bay or another team in the National Football League.
Those who say that Clark is overpaid aren’t paying enough attention. Clark is the sauce that makes everything come together on the Packers’ defense. It doesn’t always show up in the box score, but he is part of the reason that the front seven was so special last season. He deserved this contract, and if he didn’t get from the Packers, there would have been countless other teams willing to pay Clark next season.
Now that the deal with Clark is done, look for the Packers to move forward with David Bakhtiari. While Green Bay rarely gives second deals to offensive linemen, Bakhtiari is different. He is one of, if not the best left tackles in football. You do not let those guys out of your organization. Left tackles do not come off trees. It seems like Bakhtiari would like to stay in Green Bay too. Hopefully, that deal can get done before the season begins.