Clark, who turns 33 later this month, may be on the outside looking in if the Bears decide to keep only three tight ends, when you consider the money paid to Brandon Manumaleuna and Kellen Davis’ draft status.
Some have portrayed Clark’s absence this week from voluntary workouts as meaningless and random, which is not true. Any 12-year veteran would be upset about being third- or fourth-string, especially a player such as Clark, who has been very productive since joining the Bears in 2004.
However, missing a week of workouts in early April is not on the same level, as say, boycotting mini-camp, OTAs or training camp. I haven’t heard anything to suggest Clark is going to take that route. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him back at Halas Hall on Monday. Coach Lovie Smith is known to have a strong bond with the majority of his players, and for that reason, Clark may want to return and see if the coaching staff can/will design a role for him in Mike Martz’s offense.
But even if Clark rejoins his teammates next week, this could still be a fluid situation, since it’s obvious certain front office members view the tight end as expendable.