Fairly frequently someone asks why the Colts would release Dallas Clark when he may have good years left. It's an easy answer and luckily Nate Dunlevy has already covered that ground:
One of the biggest surprises to fans this offseason is the fact that Dallas Clark is still without work. Many have wondered why he hasn't been picked up by anyone. There have been rumors from scouts that Clark has just hit the wall, and historically 32 years old is the end of productive play from a tight end.
In this case, catch rate can tell us a lot about Clark's current abilities.
Clark's catch rate has plummeted from the mid-70s for much of his career down to just 52 percent in 2011. Of course, there was a major change at quarterback for the Coltslast year that might have accounted for some of his decline.
I think you have to look at the kinds of passes these guys were getting as well, like difficulty of the catch, and coverage. But I do think Clark dropped a lot in performance, and the stats for him only confirm what you see on tape. Maybe a team will give him another shot, but he is undersized for the position already and if he losses his separation skills, and continues to drop balls like he did last year then he does not really offer much to a team.
@paulcareyjr Exact numbers...
2010 Clark... 429 snaps, 53 targets, 37 completions for 69.8% catch rate
7 drops, 6 overthrows, and 3 PDs with 3 TDs, 18 FDs, and no INTs allowed
2011 Clark... 555 snaps, 66 targets, 34 completions for 51.5% catch rate
14 drops, 9 overthrows, and 9 PDs with 2 TDs, 20 FDs, and 1 INT allowed
Clark doubled his number of drops, and also failed to get more separation at times, leading to a higher rate of influenced passes. Clark just visibly lost a step between 2010 and 2011. Its sad, but I think he may be done in the NFL.
Interesting... But EVERYONE had a significant decline! Is that a tale of a bad year? Or is Wayne now a 50/50 player?