Clark Agonized, Picked Bucs Over Pats & ChiefsMay 25th, 2012
New Bucs tight end Dallas Clark had serious options in the free agent market, so he told Doug Gottlieb of BSPN Radio this week.
In fact, Clark said it was no quick decision to come to the Bucs with offers from the Chiefs, and Bill Belicheat, on the table.
“All three very, very good organizations. I had a feeling that when I was going to make the decision it was just going to be easy and it was going to be clear cut. But man, when you have these three teams involved and these three organizations, it was extremely hard,” Clark said. “You know, it took me a few days, but at the end of the day it just felt right down here in Tampa.”
Now Joe has no clue which team offered Clark the most money. Perhaps it was the Bucs? Or perhaps Clark saw Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez on the Patriots’ roster and wasn’t confident he’d get off the New England bench? Or maybe Clark was mesmerized by the New Schiano World Order?
Clark did gush about the Bucs coaching staff and said he hoped Josh Freeman would lead him to a great season (versus the other way around, Clark also cited the Bucs being “full of talent” as a reason he chose Tampa.
“The whole vibe was really an exciting aspect of coming here,” Clark said. (Joe suspects the “vibe” took on new meaning when the Bucs whispered to him that Kellen Winslow would be sent packing.)
Regardless, the Bucs won the services of Clark, and Joe’s comforted by the fact Clark was in high demand.
In jersey news, Clark mentioned that he officially has snatched his favorite No. 44 from Erik Lorig for an undisclosed arrangement.