Green Bay Packers Receiver Michael Clark Retires From NFL At 22 Years Old

By Fitzgerald Cecilio
on Jul 28, 2018 12:21 PM EDT
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Green Bay Packers' 22-year-old wide receiver Michael Clark will retire after just one season in the NFL, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The Packers have placed Clark on the reserve/did not report list after he failed to report to training camp. However, Rapoport reported that Clark intends to retire from the NFL after going undrafted last season.

Aaron Nagler, a reporter for Packers News, confirmed Rapoport's report. While the Packers placed Clark on the reserve/did not report list, Nagler said he received reports from his sources that the wide receiver is hanging up his cleats for good.

Clark A Converted Basketball Player

A converted basketball player out of Marshall, the 6-foot-6 Marshall provided the Packers with a different element at wide receiver. He spent most of last season in the Packers' practice squad before he was promoted with two games remaining in the regular season.

In his two regular-season games with the Packers, Clark caught four passes for 41 yards. He made some heads turn when he caught a career-long 19-yard pass in his NFL debut against the Minnesota Vikings. In his first preseason game last August, Clark provided the NFL with a glimpse of his ability after catching a touchdown pass from Taysom Hill.

This season, Clark was expected to compete for a spot in the 53-man roster. Aside from Clark, Geronimo Allison, last year's draft pick DeAngelo Yancey, Trevor Davis and three rookie wide receivers are all vying for spots in the regular season. Only Davante Adams and Randall Cobb are considered locks for spots in the 53-man roster.

In the 2018 NFL Draft, the Packers selected wide receivers J'Mon Moore in the fourth round out of Missouri, Marquez Valdes-Scantling of South Florida in the fifth round and Equanimeous St. Brown of Notre Dame in the sixth round.

Packers Sign Two Wide Receivers

With the impending retirement of Clark, the Packers signed wide receivers Adonis Jennings and Kyle Lewis, per general manager Brian Gutekunst, who are eyeing to turn the team into contenders next season.

The 6-foot-2 Jennings was a familiar face in Green Bay's minicamp in June as a tryout player. He played his freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh before transferring to Temple, where he played his last three years in college. During his stint with the Owls, Jennings caught 83 passes for 1,362 yards and 13 touchdowns.

A rookie from Cal Poly, the 5-foot-11 Lewis had a brief stint with the Detroit Lions in the offseason. A versatile player, Lewis played running back and wide receiver at Cal Poly. As rusher, Lewis ran the ball 150 times for 1,163 yards and 13 scores. As a wide receiver, Lewis caught 61 passes for 1,079 yards and 12 TDs. Jennings and Lewis will wear No. 13 and No. 1 for the Packers, respectively.

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