The Green Bay Packers have made Kenny Clark the highest-paid nose tackle in NFL history and solidify their defensive front for a few more seasons to come.
The Green Bay Packers signed Clark to a 4-year extension that makes him one of the highest-paid defensive players in the NFL, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Source: Green Bay Packers NT Kenny Clark just signed a 4-year extension for $70 million, a deal that includes a hefty $25M signing bonus and makes him the highest paid NT in league history and the 12th highest paid defensive player in the NFL.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 15, 2020
Clark, who turns just 25 in October, gets an additional four seasons with the Green Bay Packers and solidifies the team’s defensive front for the foreseeable future.
Clark has developed into one of the most dominant defensive linemen in the league since being drafted in the first round of the 2016 draft.
According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Clark ranked No. 2 in the NFL during the 2019 regular season with 49 QB pressures and 43 disruptions (the combined total of hurries, pressures or sacks – one per play) among players that logged at least 75 percent of snaps on the interior defensive line.
Add that production to the robust output of linebackers Za’Darius and Preston Smith and an up-and-coming Rashan Gary and this Green Bay Packers defense is one that opposing teams will surely put some extra preparation into.
Not too bad for former Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson’s last first-round pick. Teams hope to be offering this type of second deal to players they’ve drafted, especially with such a premium investment.
With Clark signed, the Green Bay Packers will surely turn their attention to some of the other contracts that are set to expire after the 2020 season. Among them and most notably, left tackle David Bakhtiari, running back Aaron Jones and cornerback Kevin King.