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Old 09-04-2006, 09:05 PM   #1
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anyone know if we signed Danny Clark from oakland??
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RE: clark

Haven't heard anything. I'll check it out
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I look for Clark to be signed next Monday. I read somewhere that Payton has had communication with him. They easily can have a wink and nod agreement until then.

Here's a basic explanation why from PFT-

Per Article XXIII of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, players with at least four credited seasons are entitled to "Termination Pay" if cut before the end of the season. For a so-called "vested veteran" on the 53-man roster at the start of the season, the team is responsible for the entire balance of the base salary for the season in which the player is terminated.

But even if a vested veteran is signed after the start of the season but before the eighth regular season game, the player is entitled to 25 percent of the base salary as termination pay. After the eighth game, the player is entitled to one week's pay only, up to a maximum of $20,000.
A lot of financial difference for a guy that is unknown whether he will make impact enough to keep around all year. I think Clark is a good snag by he couldn't make it on the Raiders LOL. Kinda like how desperate the Titans are in taking a Saints LB.
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RE: clark

wwl but not listed yet on the wires. lets hope so. 100+ gut and we keep all the picks. Yet looking up data on him I found this.

Danny Clark
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Danny Clark (born May 9, 1977 in Blue Island, Illinois) is an American football player and a middle linebacker with the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He was released prior to the 2006 season.

Clark was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round of the 2000 NFL Draft, with the 245th overall selection. In four seasons with the Jaguars, Clark played in 61 games, starting 27, and saw action both at linebacker and on special teams. Clark was the second leading tackler on the Jaguars for the 2002 NFL season, during which he started all 16 games.

In 2004, Clark became a full-time starter at linebacker with the Raiders, having joined the team as a free agent during the prior offseason. Clark started all 16 regular season games in 2004, and led the Raiders in tackles with 129. In 2005, Clark finished second on the Raiders in tackles with 113.

Clark attended the University of Illinois, where he played for the Fighting Illini football team. Clark was named honorable mention All-Big Ten three times as a linebacker, and finished his college career with the sixth most tackles at Illinois, finishing just ahead of Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus. Clark graduated Illinois with a bachelor's degree in communications.

Clark played quarterback and linebacker at Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills, Illinois.

On Monday September 4, 2006 the New Orleans Saints signed Clark as a free agent. Clark is an instant upgrade to the Saints linebacking corps. New Orleans Saints Official Website

so now I have to include this

PRO: Tough, physical player who has been one of the most productive LBs in the NFL over the past two seasons...Has played in 92 league games with 58 starts since entering the NFL in 2000, including starting 31 of 32 contests with the Raiders over the last two seasons.
Year Team Tackles Sacks FF Int Yds TD
2000 Jax 20 0 1 0 0 0
2001 Jax 28 0 2 0 0 0
2002 Jax 91 2 0 1 7 0
2003 Jax 40 0 1 0 0 0
2004 Oak 129 2 1 0 0 0
2005 Oak 113 1 0 0 0 0
Total 421 5 5 1 7 0

2005: Started 15 of 16 games and led the team in tackles for the second consecutive season, recording 113 stops (82 solos)...Also notched one sack for a four-yard loss and seven passes defensed...Led or tied for the team lead in tackles six times...Voted a defensive co-captain by his teammates...In addition to work at LB, he saw extensive special teams action throughout the season...(9/8) @ NE: Started at MLB and tallied nine tackles, including six solo stops...(9/18) vs. KC: Started at MLB and led the defense with eight solo tackles and two assisted tackles...Had one pass defensed...(9/25) @ PHI: Started at LB, contributing six total tackles, five of them solo stops, and had one pass defensed...(10/2) vs. DAL: Started at MLB, registering four solo tackles and assisted on another...(10/16) vs. SD: Started at LB and tallied eight total tackles, six of them solo stops...Also had one pass defensed...(10/23) vs. BUF: Started at MLB, recording four tackles, three of them solo stops, and one pass defensed...(10/30) @ TN: Started at LB and registered a team-leading 12 tackles (seven solos)...Recorded his first sack of the season, dropping the Titans QB for a four-yard loss...(11/6) @ KC: Started at LB and made two tackles (one solo)...(11/13) vs. DEN: Started at LB and contributed three solo tackles...(11/20) @ WAS: Started at LB and registered four solo tackles...(11/27) vs. MIA: Played at LB and was second on the defense in tackles with eight (6 solo) and one pass defensed...(12/4) @ SD: Started at LB, registering four solo tackles and assisting on three others...(12/11) @ NYJ: Started at LB and led the defense with a season-high 14 total sacks, 10 of them solo stops...(12/18) vs. CLE: Started at LB, leading the defense with six total tackles, four of them solo stops...(12/24) @ DEN: Started at LB, aiding the defense with one pass defensed and seven total tackles, six of them solo stops...(12/31) vs. NYG: Started at LB, leading the defense with eight total tackles, five of them solo stops.

2004: Started all 16 league games at ILB in his first season with the Silver and Black and contributed on special teams...Led the team in tackles with 129, including 98 solo stops...Notched two sacks for minus-16 yards and recorded five passes defensed...Recorded 10 or more tackles in five games, including a career-high 16-tackle game in Week 11 vs. San Diego...Led the team in tackles in eight contests...Was the only member of Raiders linebacker corps to play in every game...Also played on special teams...(9/12) @ PIT: Started at ILB, recording four tackles and one pass defensed...(9/19) vs. BUF: Started at ILB, making a team-high 11 tackles and recorded one sack for minus-11 yards...(9/26) vs. TB: Started at ILB, making eight tackles...(10/3) @ HOU: Started at ILB, making five tackles...(10/10) @ IND: Started at MLB, recording a team-high eight tackles and one pass defensed...(10/17) vs. DEN: Started at ILB, making 10 tackles...(10/24) vs. NO: Started at ILB, making a team-high eight tackles...(10/31) @ SD: Started at ILB, making a team-high nine tackles...(11/7) @ CAR: Started at ILB, making five tackles...(11/21) vs. SD: Started at ILB, making a team- and career-high 16 tackles, including 13 solo stops...(11/28) @ DEN: Started at ILB, making two tackles...(12/5) vs. KC: Started at ILB, recording eight tackles and a career-high two passes defensed...(12/12) @ ATL: Started at ILB, making a team-high nine tackles, including seven solo stops...(12/19) vs. TEN: Started at ILB, making a team-high 10 tackles and one pass defensed...Recorded his second sack of the season, dropping Tennessee QB for a five-yard loss in the third quarter...(12/25) @ KC: Started at ILB, making five tackles...(1/2/05) vs. JAX: Started at ILB, making a team-high 11 tackles, including seven solo stops, and one forced fumble.

2003: Played in all 16 league games with eight starts at LB for Jacksonville...Finished eighth on the team in tackles with 73...Tied for third on the squad in special teams tackles with 11...(9/7) @ CAR: Played on defense and on special teams, making five stops...(9/14) vs. BUF: Played LB and made nine tackles and two for a loss...(9/21) @ IND: Started at LB, making four tackles and adding one on special teams...(9/28) @ HOU: Started at LB and made one tackle...(10/5) vs. SD: Played at LB and on special teams...(10/12) vs. MIA: Played LB, making one stop and one on special teams...(10/26) vs. TN: Played LB, making two stops and one on special teams...(11/2) vs. BAL: Started at LB, making six tackles...(11/9) vs. IND: Played LB and on special teams...(11/16) @ TN: Made three tackles from LB position...(11/23) vs. NYJ: Started at LB, making seven tackles and one for a loss...(11/30) vs. TB: Started at LB and made seven tackles...(12/7) vs. HOU: Started at LB, making six tackles and a forced fumble...(12/21) vs. NO: Started at LB, finishing second on the team with 11 tackles...(12/28) @ ATL: Started at LB, posting a team-high 14 tackles, two for a loss and added one tackle on special teams.

2002: Started in all 16 league games at LB...Second leading tackler on defense with a career-high 152 tackles...Also posted two sacks, one interception, a pass defensed and a forced fumble...Led or shared team lead in tackles in five games...(9/8) vs. IND: Started at LB, making one tackle...(9/15) @ KC: Started at LB, making a season-high eight tackles...(9/29) vs. NYJ: Started and made seven tackles...(10/6) vs. PHI: Started and made two stops...(10/13) @ TN: Started and made six stops...(10/20) @ BAL: Started and made three tackles...(10/27) vs. HOU: Started and made four stops...(11/3) @ NYG: Started and made one tackle...(11/10) vs. WAS: Started and made five tackles...(11/17) @ HOU: Started and made three stops and a pass defensed...(11/24) @ DAL: Started and made one stop...(12/1) vs. PIT: Started and made six stops...(12/8) vs. CLE: Started and made six stops...(12/15) @ CIN: Started and made four stops...(12/22) vs. TN: Started and made six tackles...(12/29) @ IND: Started and made five tackles.

2001: Played in 13 league games with three starts at LB...Finished with 48 tackles, two for loss, one pass defensed and one forced fumble...Ranked second on the squad with 17 special teams tackles...(9/23) vs. TN: Played at LB, making two tackles...(10/7) @ SEA: Made one stop at LB...Posted four tackles on special teams and forced a fumble leading to a touchdown...(10/28) @ BAL: Made first start of the season posting four tackles...(11/4) @ TN: Started at LB and made a season-high eight stops...(11/25) vs. BAL: Started at LB, making four tackles.

2000: Played in all 16 league games, seeing action at LB and on special teams...Had a team-high 25 special teams stops that tied a team record...Also added one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries on special teams...(10/1) vs. PIT: Played at LB for the first time in his career, making four tackles and returned a fumble 44 yards...(11/19) @ PIT: Made a team-high four special teams tackles and one forced fumble that led to a score...Jacksonville's seventh round pick (245th overall) in 2000 Draft.

COLLEGE: Three-time honorable mention All-Big Ten at Illinois...Ranks sixth on school's career list with 384 tackles, just past Pro Football Hall of Famer Dick Butkus...Started 44 of 45 games played in four seasons...Named honorable mention All-Big Ten as a senior in 1999, when he started all 12 games and recorded a career-high 122 tackles, three sacks and an interception...Had a team-high 115 tackles as a junior...Also made two interceptions, seven passes defensed and had a fumble recovery and a forced fumble...As a sophomore, he posted a team-high 95 tackles, five sacks, a forced fumble and two recoveries...As redshirt freshman, he started in 10 of 11 games at LB, making 52 stops and two passes defensed...Graduated with a degree in Communications and attended graduate school.

here is the surprise around the corner guys. 100+ tackles MLB only 29 and we keep our draft picks,
1,2,3,3,4,4,5,6 and one to be named later. season is looking up.
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Old 09-04-2006, 10:31 PM   #5
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all the more kewl then that they feel he can be committed to for the season.

Who gets cut???
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goes by "Hammerhead"


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Old 09-04-2006, 10:40 PM   #7
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do not care really plenty of candidates for this guy. Do not rule out a trade (DE) for a pick.
go to the raiders sites and they are not happy. this was a stunt to save money by the raiders. they are mad. the all love this guy.
now looking at the new additions to the D I see a 34D is possible. Look for it in 2007 or 2008 at the latest.
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Old 09-04-2006, 11:02 PM   #8
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wwl reported he was signed. Most all of the
raiders fans are pi ed as all he l about it also.Looks like we just upgraded our defense. Now if we can still manage to get Edwards! That would be cool. I read about Clark being cut by Raiders first and was hoping Saint's would jump all over the opportunity to sign him after reading about him.
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Screw Edwards! If we just got a younger just as good player, what do we need em 4???

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Old 09-04-2006, 11:43 PM   #10
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You have to admit, Coach P is committed to making the defense better. Good job here.
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