Clark Agrees to 2-Year Extension

TE Desmond Clark (Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

The Chicago Bears spent a first-round draft pick on tight end Greg Olsen last year, but that didn't mean Desmond Clark was on his way out the door. After another solid season, Clark was rewarded Sunday with a two-year contract extension that will keep him in the Windy City through 2010.

Per the Chicago Bears:

LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears agreed to terms on a two-year extension with TE Desmond Clark today. The deal extends Clark 's contract through the 2010 season.

Clark has recorded 181 receptions for 2,115 yards and 15 touchdowns since joining the Bears in 2003. The veteran of nine NFL seasons with the Broncos (1999-2001), Dolphins (2002) and Bears has 262 career catches for 3,067 yards and 24 touchdowns. Over the last two seasons his 13.2 yards per catch (89 receptions for 1,171 yards) is highest among NFL tight ends.

JC's Take: After being somewhat of a disappointment his first few years in Chicago, Clark has been arguably the most reliable target in the passing game the last two seasons.

While Greg Olsen looks to be the real deal and is the tight end of the future, Clark is a solid contributor who's done nothing to deserve a demotion. Offensive coordinator Ron Turner employed a decent amount of two-tight formations this past season, but he'd be wise to expand that package since the receiver position is looking a little thin right now. Newly re-signed quarterback Rex Grossman has a good rapport with Clark, especially down the seam over linebackers and in front of safeties.

GM Jerry Angelo has a lot of money under the salary cap to spend this offseason, and it looks like he's more concerned about bringing back his own players as opposed to looking for new ones.

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