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Clark believes Bucs have "bright future;" will he be part of it?



As one of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers more experienced players, tight end Dallas Clark can offer plenty of perspective on this season.

Clark, 33, a former Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion, said despite the late-season struggles - a five-game losing streak - he sees the "steps you normally see with a new system and new coaching staff."

"You kind of fumble along, and lose some ones that you should have maybe won, or vice versa," Clark said. "And we get on a streak there, where we're hitting on all cylinders, which is fun. But then, whatever caused it, I don't know what, we've just been falling short. It's been unfortunate because we've shown that we're capable of playing some good ball. And that's the difference between good teams and not good teams, are the guys that can stay consistent. And that's what it comes down to in this league, and that's what separates.. why there's a small margin between the best team in the league and worst team in the league, it's that consistency."

Clark, however, believes the Bucs have "a lot of good coaches" and "a lot of good players," and "it's going to be a bright future for everyone."

The question is, will Clark be a part of it?

Clark, who signed a one-year, $2.7 million deal in the offseason, was hoping to show he had more left in the tank after two injury-plagued seasons. Bucs coach Greg Schiano said over the summer he'd be a huge part of their offense.

And while Clark has been productive, with 47 catches for 435 yards and four touchdowns, while staying healthy - playing all 15 games - it appears as though he would have liked to have been more involved in the offense.

"It's been a great first year, really enjoyed (it)," he said. "A phenomenal lockeroom, loved the guys. It's been a lot of fun. Just would have loved to help out more. But you show up for work and do as much as you can."

Clark sounds like a veteran who wants to play a few more years. But when asked if he wanted to be back with Tampa Bay, he seemed noncommittal.

"We'll see what the options are," Clark said. "But that's the offseason. Right now, we're focused on finishing the season on a positive note."


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[Last modified: Thursday, December 27, 2012 3:41pm]


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