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Packers expect to get a new deal done with Kenny Clark this offseason

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Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst is optimistic about getting a new deal done with defensive lineman Kenny Clark.

Via the team’s official Twitter account:

“I think it’s important. Kenny is a big part of what we do, very important to our defense,” Gutekunst said Friday. “I’m optimistic we’ll be able to come to some agreement at some point. These things don’t happen quickly usually. The idea was always to, some time this offseason, approach that, and we will.”

Clark just completed an impressive 2019 campaign in which he played all 16 games. The D-Lineman registered 62 tackles, six sacks and a forced fumble, earning himself a spot on the Pro Bowl roster.

While Clark wasn’t initially selected to the Pro Bowl, he was named as a replacement.

The 24-year-old was originally selected by the Packers in the first round (27th pick overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

He appeared in every contest during his rookie season, logging 21 tackles and a couple of fumble recoveries. His role then grew the following year, as he recorded 55 tackles, 4.5 sacks and a pair of forced fumbles.

Clark continued to show improvement in 2018, finishing with 55 tackles, six sacks, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries before having his best season this year.

Zach Kruse of Packers Wire notes that Clark is likely to seek a massive deal. It would bein the neighborhood of the four-year, $68 million contract extension Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Grady Jarrett received last offseason.

The Packers made it to the NFC Championship Game before being eliminated by the San Francisco 49ers this season.