Clark to Chiefs for 29th Overall Pick + Futures
The Russell Wilson four-year contract extension with the Seattle Seahawks worth $140 million was bound to put some stress on the team’s salary cap. The end result was the second highest player on the team getting traded Tuesday.
The Seahawks traded DE Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a first-round pick (29th overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft, a 2020 second-round pick and a swap of third-round picks in 2019, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via sources informed of the transaction.
The Seahawks placed the franchise tag on Clark, who will earn $17 million with the designation in 2019. The Chiefs will likely try to sign Clark to a long-term contract once he has passed a physical and settled in with the team. The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Clark, who played in a 4-3 scheme in Seattle, is an ideal fit for what the Chiefs. Clark was a sack machine, tallying 13 sacks last season, 35 in his four-year a career. Clark joins the Chiefs’ recent additions, Alex Okafor and Emmanuel Ogbah, on the revamped defensive edge.
Frank Clark’s landing spot via trade was trending sportsbook bet over the last few days (Source). Many sites had Clark pegged as going to the Jets, but the rumored asking price was too steep. Believe it or not, but the NFL Draft has become a popular weekend for placing a few wagers on the outcome of the draft. There is a massive fanbase of NFL draft gurus who love the wheeling and dealing and draft process, so it only makes sense for the betting community to enhance things by adding player prop bets to who will get selected where.
Some Chiefs fans may not be thrilled with the idea that the Chiefs gave up so much for a 25-year old Defensive End. As the team could simply draft a player at a fraction of the cost. However, the window for the Chiefs Super Bowl run is wide open and the team seems geared to maximize its chances of returning the AFC Championship game. The Chiefs had plenty of draft capital to work with to find a pass rusher, as they had four draft picks within the top 100. Trading for a proven player that can step in day one and make an impact is a smart move for the team to return to an elite form in 2019. The focus on building up the defense is an excellent strategy, as you can’t bank on your young superstar Quarterback Patrick Mahomes to carry the team every week.
As the trade with the Seahawks includes giving up the Chiefs 2020 second round pick, they will still be very busy this draft weekend. The team still has two 2nd round picks, seven picks in total.
As for the Seahawks, the team did what it had to do in order to stay be competitive while also building for the future. The team has two first round picks in this draft 21st and 29th overall, along with a 3rd, 4th and 5th round pick. I expect the Seahawks to target a Defensive End in hopes of trying to replace Frank Clark, while also trade back with one of their two first-round picks in hopes of gaining more picks in total.