Santana Moss hasn’t played with Ryan Clark in nine years, but he says he has no doubt that the veteran safety will be a good fit in his second stint in Washington.
“He’s a great leader,” Moss said of Clark, who signed with the Redskins on Monday. “Ryan is one of those guys, if you watched him the past few years, he can still play the position real well.”
Moss and Clark were teammates during the 2005 campaign. It was Moss’ first year with the Redskins and, as it turned out, the end of Clark’s two-year tenure. Clark departed via free agency, leaving a void that, in Moss’ estimation, the Redskins have continually struggled to fill through the years.
“I remember when he was trying to sign back with us in ’06, we didn’t bring him back and I thought that was a tremendous loss for us,” Moss said. “Him and Sean Taylor together was going to be one of the best duos back there in the secondary that any team could ever have.”
Clark, however, signed in Pittsburgh and, for the next eight seasons, was a steady and reliable starter for the Steelers.
Moss said he hopes Clark, 34, will bring that productivity and veteran leadership with him to the Redskins.
“He’s like a quarterback on the defense,” Moss said. “He’s a guy you can look at like a London Fletcher. He’s knows his job well and he’s not going to shy away from laying whoever is in his area out. So I’m glad to have him back.”
Moss added: “He’s a great guy, great player, a smart football player. I’m glad he’s on our side again. That’s what we’ve been missing. We’ve been missing one of those kinds of guys. Especially when Sean left, we never had a guy that fulfilled that spot. …We’ve got one of our guys, from [Miami], [Brandon] Meriweather. I think with Meriweather and Ryan back there together, they should be able to bring back what we’ve been missing.”