The Buffalo Bills are paying Charles Clay like one of the best tight ends in the NFL.
Clay, however, doesn't think that means there will be any added pressure on him. Speaking with Western New York reporters on a conference call Tuesday afternoon, the newest Buffalo Bill said "I don't feel like anyone can put as much pressure on me as I put on myself."
"I'm going to go out and work hard every single day," Clay said. "What I won't do is go out and start pressing, trying to prove why I got the contract and things like that. Once you start doing that, that's usually when guys start to mess up.
"What I plan on doing, I'm going to go out and play as hard as I can, which is what I always do. I don't feel any added pressure. I obviously set high standards for myself, so I'm going to work hard and do everything I can to help this team win, no matter what that is. Whatever I have to do, that's what I'm willing to do."
Clay's contract, which is for five years and up to $38 million, will pay him $24.5 million in the first two seasons, all of which is guaranteed provided he's on the roster on the third day of the 2016 league year.
For that type of money, the Bills obviously feel like they're getting a complete tight end -- which is exactly what Clay sets out to be.
"I want people to look at me and say 'ok, he's one of the best pass catchers in the league, he's also one of the best pass blockers.' I want to be an all-around player," he said. "I don't want to just be labeled as a pass-catching tight end. That's one thing that bothers me like crazy. At the end of the day, I want to be that versatile guy and I want to be a guy that can be in on third and 1 and run block, that can be on a third-and-long situation where I have to pass block, or be in on a third and short where I have to beat man-to-man coverage. I just want to be that guy who can do it all instead of just being labeled as that pass-catching tight end."
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