Ryan Clark on Daniel Snyder and the Redskins

Free agent safety Ryan Clark — who will visit with the Redskins, one of his former teams, on Thursday — didn’t necessarily leave Washington with the fondest feelings a decade ago. But in an ESPN podcast on Wednesday, Clark talked at length about the team and owner Daniel Snyder. No hard feelings, is the message.

“I’m going to [visit] Washington, the team I played for previously,” he told Cari Champion. “So we’ll see. I played in Washington before, and it was cool. I never really had many conversations with Mr. Snyder like I’ve had with Mr. Rooney. They’re kind of different owners. But I talked to [Snyder] twice and had real conversations with him. One, I was in the hotel in Pittsburgh waiting to do my visit. And the other was after I signed with Pittsburgh.

“And for everything said about Mr. Snyder, he wants to win games,” Clark continued. “But he told me, he was like ‘If there’s ever a chance that we could get you to either work here or play here again, the door is always open.’ So I always remembered that. And even through all the other things that I went through and all the feelings I had because of how I was handled during my unrestricted free agent year with them, I always remembered that. I thought that was classy of him. Because he didn’t have to reach out. He didn’t have to do that. So here we are again. We’ll see how it works.”

Of course, in the same podcast, Clark said his departure from Washington had motivated him for years.

“I understand the business part of it,” he said. “Being un-drafted, the Redskins allowing me to walk and signing Adam Archuleta, it let me know, this is how these people see me and this is how they perceive me. And no matter what, my play on the field was kind of fueled by that.”

Clark also said he wants to play multiple seasons before transitioning into a media career.

“I want to play two more years for sure,” he said. “If three is possible, I’d think about it and contemplate it. But I really do want to play two more years. I think I still can play at a high level for those years. I’m not gonna be one of those guys who signs one-year deals with multiple teams year after year just to keep playing football. That’s not what I want to do. I want to be an integral part of what a team is doing. So if I can do that for two years in Washington, I’d do it. If I can do that for two years in Jacksonville, I’d do it.”

Meanwhile, on Twitter, fans were already asking Clark what number he would wear in D.C.

CASK BEER AT NATS PARK

Via Washington Business Journal, which reports on the growing local craft beer movement at Nats Park:

In addition to offering more local craft beer throughout the stadium, the Nats are also launching a new promotion: Firkin Fridays, which will feature two local beers in cask on Fridays of each home stand. First up on opening day, April 4, will be beers from D.C. Brau and Flying Dog, although the exact beers haven’t been finalized yet.

In a related story, I’m requesting to work the “baseball fans” beat Friday nights starting in April.

AMERICAN DANCES

American upset Boston University on the road to win the Patriot League title and clinch an NCAA tournament berth. This is the first year American and George Washington will both play in the tournament in the same year. Meanwhile, Georgetown and Maryland will almost certainly miss the tournament. That’s weird.

GW IN NEW YORK

The Colonials seem tight and nervous.

GEORGETOWN YIKES

This is actually true. Five of these years came in the NCAA tournament, and two in the Big East tournament.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

Randy Wittman, on why he got a technical foul in the fourth quarter of a close game with Charlotte that Washington would eventually lose.

As for the technical, Wittman deadpanned an explanation when asked what he said to the official.

“I had a bad roast beef sandwich today,” Wittman said. “And I told him, ‘Don’t go to this deli that I went to.’”

THE NEWEST REDSKIN

Forget Ryan Clark; I want a “Team1″ jersey.

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY

Maryland starts its final ACC tournament against Florida State on ESPN at noon. All radio and TV listings are here.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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