Clark dishes on RG3 logo, DeSean's absence

Clark dishes on RG3 logo, DeSean's absence
April 9, 2014, 9:00 am
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(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Ryan Clark is a busy man these days - or at least his Tuesday calendar was packed.

After spending the morning at Redskins Park for the second day of voluntary team workouts, the veteran safety hopped a plane for Bristol, Connecticut. Prior to signing a one-year deal with the Redskins last week, Clark filled his work hours talking football on TV for ESPN.

Apparently, that deal remains in play because by Tuesday afternoon he was on set chatting about the gridiron. More specifically, Robert Griffin III and DeSean Jackson along with:

* Why Clark picked -and returned to - the Redskins over other suitors: "Honestly, when I was [visiting], it seemed like a very good place. [Assistant coach] Raheem Morris and [defensive coordinator] Jim Haslett had a great plan for me. Then it came down to the business stuff. Early on in the negotiations, it kind of felt like what I gone through two times in free agency with the Washington Redskins. But they made it clear that they wanted me. They continued to stay in touch throughout the process. I went to some other places. It just didn't feel like they had as good of a plan or really a want for me to be part of the organization as the Washington Redskins did."

* On DeSean Jackson not showing for the voluntary workouts and the flack received in some quarters because of the absence: "I can be honest and say I probably hadn't been to a voluntary workout in 4-5 years. In Pittsburgh, that was something as veterans [the organization] allowed us to do knowing that we would be prepared to play when [training camp] started. I played with Pro Bowlers, a Hall of Famer and All Pros who I never saw at voluntary workouts.

"Also, this was a trip that {Jackson] had planned. I went to Disney World last week. Had Disney World fallen on this week - I didn't know I'd be part of the Washington Redskins [when making plans] - I still would have went there with my family. Nobody in the building was concerned. We were sitting down eating breakfast this morning [and] saw it on TV. Sitting down with [Brian Orakpo], sitting down with [Brandon] Meriweather, nobody said a word [about Jackson's absence]. It's not something we're concerned about. We're concerned about him being physically and mentally prepared to play football when training camp starts and we believe that he will. Nobody was saying these things about him when he had 82 receptions, 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns last year."

* Robert Griffin III's new logo and first impressions of Washington's starting quarterback: "[RGIII] was the first person to text me from the Washington Redskins organization. Anybody who has watched me on this channel or do things with [ESPN] knows I have said some things about him in the past years. When his dad was talking or when RGIII was injured and certain things were happening. We talked about those things. It was a good conversation. It showed me that he wants to be a leader. It showed me that this team is important to him. It was a very honest and candid conversation.

"We hung up the phone and it was so funny. Like two minutes later, he was like, 'Alright, let's go to work.' I think that's the type of guy he is. He's about work. Seeing him in the building these two days, he's the first guy in there. When I'm leaving, he's still in there stretching or doing more work. He's the guy leading the sprints today when we were running. He's a guy people will follow because of the way he works. It's not about all the outside stuff. He created a logo. So what. It just gives people things to talk about." 

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