It appears that Seattle’s best pass rusher is headed to Kansas City. According to the Seattle Times, the deal will send Frank Clark to the Chiefs in exchange for the No. 29 overall pick, a second round pick in 2020, and a swap of third-round pick in this year’s draft.
Seattle has been taking calls for a trade including Clark. It is reported that the Colts and Jets were also interested in obtaining him. One report details that the Jets were willing to give the Seahawks the No. 3 overall pick in exchange for Clark and the No. 21 overall pick.
Clark, a former Wolverine, racked up 34 tackles, 14 sacks (6th in NFL), 4 forced fumbles, and one interception during the course of the 2018-19 season.
The Seahawks were not able to reach a contract extension with Clark. In March, Seattle placed a franchise tag on Clark, which would’ve paid him $17.1M this coming up season. It is reported the Clark was looking for a long term deal, and that he planned to hold out if he was not granted one.
The team now possesses pick Nos. 21, 29, 92, 124, and 159. After trading Clark, Seattle is now in desperate need of a pass rusher. In my opinion, Seattle should use the No. 21 pick to select Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell, if he is still on the board by this time. Ferrell racked up 11.5 sacks and 20 tackles for a loss this past season for the Tigers. I believe Ferrell is exactly what the Seahawks need to fill the void of Clark’s departure.
Seattle could also use the cap room created by the trade to go after a free agent. After trading Clark, the Seahawks now have $25.7M in cap space, which leads to seemingly endless possibilities for free agent deals.
For the Seattle Seahawks, this is make or break time. General manager John Schneider and Head Coach Pete Carroll have the potential to make huge splashes in the draft or free agency. The outcome of their offseason moves will affect their success in the 2019-20 season. Only time will tell how Seattle chooses to use their assets.