The Seattle Seahawks have traded pass rusher Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a nice haul of draft assets in 2019 and 2020.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks proved there was fire behind the smoke of trade rumors circulating around star pass rusher Frank Clark. The two franchises finally agreed on terms for the defensive end and new anchor for Steve Spagnuolo’s front line.
NFL analysts are reporting that the Chiefs have agreed to give up significant draft assets to the Seahawks in exchange for Clark. The official deal will go down like this.
Kansas City Chiefs receive: Frank Clark, 2019 3rd round pick (No. 84 overall)
Seattle Seahawks receive: 2019 first round pick (No. 29), 2020 2nd round pick (worst of Chiefs two current choices in the round), 2019 3rd round pick (No. 92 overall)
Rumors around Frank Clark’s availability had been circulating for quite some time with multiple teams reportedly interested, including the Chiefs. The Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets were also rumored to be interested, and one report had the Seahawks interested in the No. 3 overall selection from New York.
Clark now gives the Chiefs a proven pass rusher on the edge that they were lacking after deciding to completely rebuild the team’s defense. Not only did they oust coordinator Bob Sutton after six years, but they also released Eric Berry and Justin Houston while trading away Dee Ford. After the loss of Ford and Houston, the Chiefs lacked a proven pass rusher on the outside to team with Chris Jones on the interior. Now they can say they found their man.
The cost, however, is a steep one for Kansas City. One of those second rounders in 2020 was the full price that San Francisco paid for Dee Ford, so this deal essentially comes down a first round pick plus Dee Ford, one of the best defenders in football last year, in exchange for Frank Clark, who will now also command a major money extension from the Chiefs as a franchise tagged player. There are also potential optics in play to consider as the Chiefs are trading for a player with a troubled legal history, including an arrest for domestic violence.
Clark is only 25-years-old, however, and has 32 sacks over the last three seasons.