Steelers safety Ryan Clark recently appeared on Pittsburgh's 93.7 The Fan to discuss teammate Hines Ward's recent DUI and a kerfuffle with Ravens running back Ray Rice over comments about the incident. And at the end of the interview, Clark did discuss what is hanging up negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.
While some reports have claimed that a rookie wage scale is the only thing holding up a new deal, Clark clears the air and says there's more to it than that:
If that was the only issue, we’d have a deal done today. I can say that. There’s still a lot of things. When I say a lot of things, I don’t want it to be like ‘Ryan Clark said it’s not even close.’ We’re definitely closer today than we ever have been.
Clark doesn't specify what else is at issue, but he does admit that reporters from ESPN and elsewhere do need to report something and that they'll pick up anything their sources tell them. But don't fear, because Clark does believe there will be football in the fall.
Stay tuned for more NFL lockout news.