The Impact of the Frank Clark Trade to Kansas City


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The Seattle Seahawks traded veteran defensive end Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday. Clark, who had 14 sacks last season, was tagged as Seattle's franchise player and had yet to sign his $17.128 million tender. The Chiefs gave up their first-round draft pick, No. 29, and the teams will swap third-round picks this year. Kansas City will also send a second-round pick next year to Seattle for Clark.

Clark, who agreed to a five-year, $105 million deal with the Chiefs, should make an immediate impact on a Chiefs defense that was one of the worst in the NFL in 2018. It was the Kansas City defense that couldn't stop New England in overtime of the AFC championship game last year. The Chiefs fired defensive coordinator Bob Sutton and replaced him with veteran Steve Spagnuolo. The team also dumped three of their better, but aging, defensive players - safety Eric Berry and linebackers Dee Ford and Justin Houston.

The acquisition of Clark gives Kansas City a fifth new starter on the defense. The Chiefs have been busy this offseason gaining the likes of safety Tyrann Mathieu and others to rebuild the defense in hopes of a Super Bowl run in 2019. 

The Clark trade will also have an impact on Seattle, which loses one of the NFL's better pass rushers but gains another first-round draft pick. The Seahawks normally trade down and since 2013 they have only selected a player in the first round twice. Now, Seattle will have the 21st and the 29th picks in Round 1 and can address the issue of finding a new pass rusher. The Seahawks also free up $20 million in salary cap space over the next five years.

The trade will impact Seattle LB Bobby Wagner and DT Jarran Reed both of whom are heading into the final year of their respective contracts. With the gain in salary cap space as a result of the Clark trade, at least one and possibly both players could be extended and retained next season.

Clark's trade will also have an impact on the NFL draft. With the Seahawks now thinking pass rusher in the first round, the Green Bay Packers may have to alter their thinking in the first round. The Packers have picks No. 12 and No. 30 in Round 1. Green Bay likes Florida State DE Brian Burns but they have their eyes on Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson at No. 12. Seattle picks No. 29, one spot ahead of Green Bay.

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