Ian Rapoport reports that the Seahawks have been talking to several teams about a Frank Clark trade including the Colts, Jets and Chiefs.
Albert Breer would be “hardly surprised” if the Seahawks traded franchise DE Frank Clark during the draft and mentions that the Chiefs are a team to watch closely in regards to a potential landing spot for him.
Clark’s past could be an issue for the Chiefs after the Kareem Hunt situation and the ongoing investigation regarding Tyreek Hill‘s son. However, Breer mentions that the Chiefs have discussed making the move, as they look to replace Dee Ford with someone who would be a better fit in Steve Spagnuolo’s base defense.
According to Breer, the Seahawks are driving a hard bargain, asking for a first- and a second-round pick in return for Clark. Beyond that, there’s also the issue that Clark will need a long-term extension in place to justify that kind of draft compensation.
For what it’s worth, Peter King projects the Seahawks to trade Clark to the Chiefs for No. 29 overall.
Clark has come up as a possible trade candidate, despite the fact that the Seahawks used their franchise tag on him last month.
The Seahawks could go a number of ways here and trade him for a high draft pick, sign him to a long-term extension or allow him to play out the season under the franchise tag.
The franchise tag for Clark will cost Seattle $17,128,000 fully guaranteed for the 2019 season.
Clark, 25, is a former second-round pick of the Seahawks back in 2015. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $3.732 million contract and set to make a base salary of $705,000 for the 2018 season.
In 2018, Clark appeared in all 16 games for the Seahawks and recorded 41 tackles, 13 sacks, an interception, three forced fumbles, two recoveries and two pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 18 overall edge defender out of 103 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Clark as the news is available.