6'0'' / 209 lbs
The Jets placed Clark (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Clark suffered an ACL tear during the Jets' offseason program, so his move to injured reserve was simply transactional. The 2017 sixth-round pick was traded to the Jets by Baltimore for a seventh-round pick this offseason, and he was expected to start for New York in 2023 after recording a career-high 101 tackles last season. However, the 28-year-old's season-ending injury prompted the Jets to sign former Packers and Bears safety Adrian Amos, who figures to start at strong safety alongside Jordan Whitehead.
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Recent tests confirmed Clark (knee) suffered an ACL tear during the Jets' offseason program, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The Jets traded a seventh-round pick to Baltimore this March in exchange for Clark, who was expected to start at safety for his new team after recording a career-high 101 tackles last season. The Jets brought in another experienced starter shortly after Clark suffered the injury, signing former Packers and Bears safety Adrian Amos. The 28-year-old Clark will miss all of 2023 and is scheduled to become a free agent next offseason.
The Jets fear Clark has suffered an ACL tear, which would presumably keep him sidelined for the entire 2023 season, Jordan Schultz of TheScore.com reports.
Clark was set to start at strong safety for the Jets this season after they traded a a 2024 seventh-round draft pack to the Ravens for him. He was coming off a career-high 101 total tackles (61 solo, 40 assists) in 2022 to go along with four pass breakups and a fumble recovery. New York has already picked up veteran safety Adrian Amos in an attempt to make up for his loss. While an ACL tear has not yet been confirmed, it looks like the Jets are planning on him missing a significant amount of time.
The Jets agreed Thursday to trade a 2024 seventh-round draft pick to the Ravens in exchange for Clark, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Clark will officially join New York's roster next Wednesday, when the new league year begins, while Baltimore receives roughly $3.6 million in cap space. The veteran safety is an extremely versatile defender, having taken additional snaps at cornerback and linebacker when needed for the Ravens last season, racking up a career-high 101 tackles. He has a clear path to earning a significant role in defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich's scheme during the 2023 campaign.
Clark had 101 total tackles (61 solo, 40 assists) to go with four pass breakups and a fumble recovery in 2022.
Clark entered the year with his role somewhat in question after the Ravens brought in Marcus Williams in free agency and Kyle Hamilton in the first round of the draft. Despite that, Clark logged the fifth-most snaps among safeties in the NFL this season. Williams' injury and Hamilton's slow development led to the Ravens leaning more on Clark and he responded with his most productive season to date in terms of tackles. He was less impactful in coverage, though, as he recorded no interceptions and his pass breakup count dropped from 12 to four. Clark is under contract for one more season and carries a $6 million cap hit for 2023.
Clark recorded 10 tackles (six solo) and two pass defenses during Sunday's 16-13 loss to the Steelers.
Clark posted a team-high 10 stops, marking his first game of the campaign with double-digit tackles. Across 16 appearances, the sixth-year safety has totaled 98 tackles (career high), four pass defenses, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery while playing every single defensive snap for the Ravens this season.