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Packers DT Kenny Clark hoping a holdout isn’t needed to get an extension

Kenny Clark, Packers

The Green Bay Packers fell short of a Super Bowl appearance on Sunday versus the San Francisco 49ers and Kenny Clark is already looking forward to negotiating a new deal. With the offseason quickly approaching, Clark is hoping that a holdout isn’t needed to get an extension.

Since being drafted by the Packers in 2016, Clark has become a vital piece to Green Bay’s defense. Even though there is some doubt concerning his next contract, Clark seems to be confident that a deal will get done this offseason.

“I think it’s one of those situations where, I think they’re going to want me here for a long time,” Clark said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I think I’m a stable player and I’m a core player here. I think they want me to be here and they’re going to try to do everything they can to keep me here. I just have to be level-headed and pray about it. I have confidence. I believe with their history, they don’t let guys they want to be here, they don’t really let them leave.”

In the past three seasons, Clark has accumulated 16.5 sacks, 23 tackles for loss, and four forced fumbles. The former first-round pick has undoubtedly become one of the best interior defenders in the NFL.

Above all, Clark is heading into the final year of his rookie contract next season. The UCLA product is set to make $7.69 million in 2020, making him the 14th highest-paid defensive tackle. While he may be under contract, Clark wants to assure he has a long-term future in Green Bay.