The Green Bay Packers have signed DL Kenny Clark to a contract extension. General Manager Brian Gutekunst announced the transaction Saturday.
Clark, originally selected by the Packers in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft (No. 27 overall) out of UCLA, has recorded 16.5 sacks so far in his career to rank No. 3 among Green Bay DTs in sacks in their first four seasons since 1982 (according to pro-football-reference.com). From 2017-19, he led the team in sacks (16.5) as well as forced fumbles, with his four tying for No. 7 in the NFL over that span among players listed at DL, DT and NT on Sportradar. Clark earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl (injury replacement for Rams DT Aaron Donald) after a 2019 season where he started all 16 games, ranked No. 2 on the team with a career-high 89 tackles (52 solo) and tied his career high with six sacks.
According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Clark ranked No. 2 in the NFL during the 2019 regular season with 49 QB pressures and 43 disruptions (the combined total of hurries, pressures or sacks – one per play) among players that played at least 75 percent of their snaps on the interior defensive line. Overall, he has played in 60 regular-season games with 46 starts and registered 273 tackles (151 solo), four fumble recoveries and five passes defensed. Clark has also started two of five postseason contests he has played in, recording 16 tackles (10 solo) and a sack.