The deal, which makes Clark the 12th-highest-paid defensive player in the NFL, includes a $25 million signing bonus and runs through the 2024 season, Hendrickson said. Clark will make $37 million in the first two years of the deal, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Packers announced the extension but did not include contract terms.
The Packers’ first-round pick in 2016, Clark overtook Mike Daniels as the team’s dominant interior disrupter. He has six sacks in each of his past two seasons and earned a Pro Bowl berth in 2019.
Overall, he has 16.5 sacks, 193 tackles and four forced fumbles (and recoveries) in four NFL seasons.
Now that the Packers have reached a long-term deal with Clark, they can start making decisions on all the other notable players with contracts set to expire in 2021. That list includes Pro Bowl defensive tackle David Bakhtiari, running backs Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams, cornerback Kevin King, center Corey Linsley, and guard Lane Taylor.
In addition, kicker Mason Crosby has been activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list and was at Saturday’s practice.
The Packers also claimed wide receiver Travis Fulgham off waivers from the Detroit Lions. Fulgham had zero catches while appearing in three games for the Lions last year.