Chiefs, Seahawks agree to Frank Clark trade

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The Chiefs surfaced as a suitor for franchise-tagged defensive end Frank Clark this week and those reports were on the money.

According to multiple reports, the Chiefs and Seahawks have agreed to a trade that will send Clark to Kansas City. Clark and the Chiefs will now get to work on a long-term deal that would secure his future with his new team.

The Seahawks will get a 2019 first-round pick and a 2020 second-round pick in return. The teams will also exchange third-round selections

The Chiefs have the No. 29 pick in the first round this year and have a pair of 2020 second round selections in their pocket. They acquired a 2020 second-round pick from the 49ers in a trade for Dee Ford earlier this offseason and Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the Chiefs will hold onto the better of their two picks.

The Seahawks had the No. 84 pick in the third round and will send it to K.C. for the No. 92 selection. They now have five picks, including two first-rounders, in this year’s draft.

119 responses to “Chiefs, Seahawks agree to Frank Clark trade

  1. Why not just extend Ford then? Now you’ll have to pay top dollar but have left choices in the draft.

    Is Clark that much better than Ford? I don’t think he’s worth the difference in that draft pick value.

  2. WOW! I just didn’t think the Hawks could get that kind of a haul from a team that was also going to have to cough up $17 mil a year. Great deal for the Hawks. I think the Chiefs paid to much.

  3. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Why Chiefs. Why Brett veach. Why give up a 1st and 2nd rounder for Clark. Too Rich. I like the player, but that is too much to give up. NOOOOOOO

  4. Surprised they would bring him in after his domestic violence charges in 2014. I would think KC would shy away from acquiring more players with these types of charges in their past, no matter how talented.

  5. Wow, pretty amazing that the Chiefs would give up so much more to bring in Clark than it got to let Dee Ford go, considering how relatively similar the two players are. Ford is a couple of years older, but he was also a known quantity in KC’s scheme, whereas Clark brings in the added risk of an outside import. Highly questionable on KC’s part, and well played by Seattle.

    Meanwhile, someone should tell the GM in New York who loves his own track record so much that this is what you do with a franchise-tag-worthy player whom you don’t really wish to keep.

  6. ok, its an article about the Seahawks….Cue all the same ol’ boring “one year dynasty” and “should have ran the ball” and “Wilson is overpaid” comments.

    3-2-1 go!!!

  7. Wow. That’s a big move by Seattle. Big-time pass rusher. Certainly is a good draft for D talent.

  8. As KC loses more and more offensive players for beating women, the Chiefs need to load up on the defensive side of the ball. Hopefully those guys will not identified as women beaters in the days and weeks to come. But in today’s NFL, there are no guarantees.

  9. I understand that Clark has one more year left on his rookie contract and 5 more career sacks than Dee Ford, but how does these moves make any sense for the Chiefs? You just gave up much more than you received for Ford, and you’ll have to pay him more. For 5 more career sacks?

  10. All those KC fans laughing yesterday at the thought of KC giving up 1st and 2nd rounders for Clark…LOL

  11. Don’t get me wrong with this post, I don’t like what we are giving up for Clark. With that said, for the people saying should have paid Ford, I disagree. Ford would not have been a good fit for the new defense and he was horribly injury prone. I;m 100% confident there is no way he plays in every game this year after getting paid.

  12. Good trade for both sides. Seattle can draft a young edge rusher with low cap number. Chiefs get proven edge rusher that is about to reach his prime.

    Bobby Wagner will get his extension next.

  13. They better have a plan to sign him long term on the table already and make sure Frank Clark is on the same page, otherwise that is a huge price to pay for 1 year rental, he could get injured, or just decide to try the open market, or twist your arm for a increased franchise tag price. But on the other hand if I’m Frank Clark, this is the place to be if Pat Mahomes maintains his career trajectory.

  14. Niels Skriver says:
    April 23, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Why not just extend Ford then? Now you’ll have to pay top dollar but have left choices in the draft.

    Is Clark that much better than Ford? I don’t think he’s worth the difference in that draft pick value.

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    Clark is so much better than Ford. Clark is a 3 down true beast. A top shelf push rusher and run stopper is a tough combination to find. Which is why he cost a 1st and a 2nd.

    Clark totally destroyed us last year. Was really hoping Mayock would have made this deal with Seattle.

  15. People are asking why the Chiefs traded for Clark instead of just paying Dee Ford. Well don’t forget that the Chiefs plan to switch to a 4-3 defense this year. Therefore, they see Frank Clark as a better fit as a 4-3 DE. Ford is more of a 3-4 OLB. Its all about scheme fit.

  16. seahawks did well in terms of the return – but it’s tricky to know how to feel about a trade like this.

    anyone else been watching the NFL Network re-running past years drafts? a TON of guys drafted in the first round that have done zero in the league. And here we are trading a guy who can get to the QB, and who, at 25, is in the absolute prime stretch of his career – and what do we get back — who knows? no guarantees w the 29th pick in a draft. And I know it’s mostly about the money, but if you aren’t going to pay young/productive players, then who are you gonna pay?

    bottom line is that I can respect the trade, but the 2019 Hawks just got worse.

  17. A) Clark is better than Ford. A lot better.
    B) Seahawks got a great deal on a player they weren’t gonna pay Khalil Mack money.
    C) Seahawks really like Jacob Martin and Rasheem Green, who they took last year.
    D) Seahawks will draft at least two more edge guys this weekend.
    E) Seahawks just acquired $17 million in cap space and now have $65 million for 2020 and 2nds.
    F) Now that he doesn’t play for the Seahawks anymore Clark can start getting the recognition he deserves as one of the top 5 pass rushers in the NFL.

  18. For those of you that don’t follow the Chiefs. Dee Ford had ONE season that he was productive in and wasn’t injured. Yes, his contract year. I don’t like what we gave up but this guy is head and shoulders above Ford

  19. For those wondering why not just keep Ford, at least they may get a 3rd round compensatory pick by letting him go.

  20. wow, thats good for the Chiefs… I think Clark is a beast on the D-line…just wonder if it goes over 140 million for 6 years.

  21. Look for the Seahawks to dump more veterans because of all the money they paid Russell Wilson.

  22. Great deal for the Hawks! Could be a great deal for K.C. if helps them play a closer version of an NFL defense compared to last year…Going for the SB hard!

  23. Chiefs absolutely bamboozled by Seattle. What on earth are they thinking? They need to be able to budget for Mahomes.

    The management of these teams is moronic.

  24. No Frank Clark isnt really that much of a upgrade from dee ford, but Frank Clark fits into more of the base 4-3(Spagnola System) rather than Dee Ford 3-4 outside backer role in the Bob Sutton system

  25. Clark is a better option than Ford.

    Ford is older, injury prone, only had one solid year, undersized.

    I think we paid to high of price, but based on Veach’s other signings, the new contract will be structured so the Chefs can get out after two years without too much dead money.

    The Chiefs are all in on a SB before Mahomes breaks the bank.

  26. secrocks says:
    April 23, 2019 at 1:45 pm
    WOW! I just didn’t think the Hawks could get that kind of a haul from a team that was also going to have to cough up $17 mil a year. Great deal for the Hawks. I think the Chiefs paid to much.

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    Too much? They got fleeced! Just draft another Frank Clark under the rookie cap.

    This is so dumb.

  27. A lot of people saying the Chiefs were desperate and Seattle got the better of this trade. I actually think the opposite. Seattle wanted to keep Clark but they couldn’t fit him in under the cap with Russell Wilson’s new contract. Clark is way better than any player available at #29 in the draft and will immediately upgrade the Chiefs defense.

  28. I criticized a draft analyst a couple days who had suggested this trade in his mock draft, and low and behold, he was correct!

    So bizarre that the chiefs would do this I think, especially with a draft class so deep in dlinemen. They could have drafted 2 d lineman and still would have saved cap room against what they will be paying for Clark. This trade makes so little sense considering the Ford trade, and even the K.Mack trade. Ford for obvious reasons, but the K.Mack deal, if used as a benchmark for what the very best player in the position would cost in terms of draft picks, seams to me to also show the chiefs overpaid for Clark. I just don’t get this at all. Congratulations Seattle!

  29. Clark is a 3 down trench player. That and being just 25 explains it. Chiefs D will b better. Maybe not great, but better.

  30. To all those wondering why the Chiefs let Ford walk just to sign Clark, let’s remember one thing…….Dee Ford was a HUGE liability in run defense. He was a one trick pony, highly inconsistent and oft injured. Yeah, he had a great year last year. HIS CONTRACT YEAR. What did he do prior to that? Jack squat. Although I believe the Chiefs could have got him for cheaper, I applaud the front office’s aggression. They know there is a narrow window here and they went for it. Way to go Reid & Veach!

  31. Didn’t Clark have a domestic abuse issue? I would think that would be the last thing the Chiefs would be willing to overpay for.

    Great player, but after the Hunt issue and the pending Hill issue, it’s a strange move.

  32. wow, I am looking at this more long term…I really like Clark, but in my opinion Chris Jones is a monster in the middle. Jones is a UFA next year, also its the same year Mack got 141 million, and Donald got 135…Now that the Chiefs have traded picks Clark has more leverage..so lets just say he gets around 24 million per on a 6 year, or 22 on a 5 year. I would have to think Chris Jones is going to want similar money as well this off season. So lets say that is 40+ for dline, and now you have to extend and pay Mahomes next year as well, as you do not want him to become a UFA the following season. If Wilson just got 35 million we can assume Mahomes will be right there as well….that 75 to 80 million per for three guys- that leave approx 100 million for the other 50….Three great players although.

  33. Crazy talk. This ain’t Lawrence Taylor, jeez. It’s Frank Clark.
    I think his contract leverage just went up too. Wait… 105 million?

    Just cause you pay a guy like Khalil Mack, doesn’t make him Khalil Mack.

  34. “James Jackson says:
    April 23, 2019 at 1:56 pm
    They better have a plan to sign him long term on the table already and make sure Frank Clark is on the same page, otherwise that is a huge price to pay for 1 year rental, he could get injured, or just decide to try the open market, or twist your arm for a increased franchise tag price. But on the other hand if I’m Frank Clark, this is the place to be if Pat Mahomes maintains his career trajectory.”

    Apparently it’s already done. 100 million dollar contract for Frank Clark

  35. Dumb. Should have just kept Ford, this is a wash at best talent wise plus you lose draft picks.

  36. Ford was considered a reach when the Chiefs took him in the first round. Reality is he never performed like a first-round pink until last year. OTOH, Clark out-performed his “reach” in the second round. He is younger, bigger, and more productive than Ford. My guess is KC saw 2018 Ford as a contract year aberration and Clark as the more legit performer. Still giving up a first round pick this year and second next year and paying Clark more than Lawrence seems a bit too high.

  37. I don’t think KC did that badly. As a Seahawk fan, I hate to see him go. He had a very good year last year and he had some nagging shoulder issues which I believe have been fixed. He could be a monster for KC. This was all about the money.

  38. It would seem that Tyreek is no longer in line for that near $20 million a year contract. So now they can spend that money on Frank. Frank probably a bit better than Dee Ford and younger, but they still need to sign him to a long-term contract. I can’t believe Seattle got a 1st and a 2nd for a guy with known behavioral issues.

    Wagner at his age either signs for around $9 to $10 or will get tagged then let go like they did to Earl. He is to close to the drop off age for linebackers and he has a lot of nagging injuries that hold him out of a few games. Seattle is pretty ruthless with older players.

  39. jurgyisgod says:
    April 23, 2019 at 1:48 pm
    As KC loses more and more offensive players for beating women, the Chiefs need to load up on the defensive side of the ball. Hopefully those guys will not identified as women beaters in the days and weeks to come. But in today’s NFL, there are no guarantees.

    News flash- Clark beat up his girlfriend in college- big risk for a team already under intense scrutiny for hiring bad apples

  40. Huge contract plus they lose a first and a second. He’d better be totally taking games over to justify that sort of investment. I think the Chiefs will wish they had those picks back.

  41. Absolutely loved Frank’s play for the Hawks. But jeez…hard to be mad at getting a 1st and 2nd for a guy they had decided they weren’t giving big money to. Happy to see them not repeat the same mistakes they made w/ Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman.

    Best of luck to the big man in KC. Y’all are getting a good one!

  42. Did you hear that sound? That was the sound of Brett Veach and Andy Reid shooting themselves in the foot. Belichick and Brady are laughing right now.

  43. You mean there is a chance KC’s own second round pick will be better than the 49ers’ second round pick in 2020? That would mean the 49ers will have a better win-loss record than the Chiefs. I will take that.

  44. Having 2 first round picks is good, but they are the number 21 and 29 picks. They can probably move up if they package both of them for an earlier pick or trade one of them for more later round picks.

  45. Frank Clark is a stud and great get by KC but the Hawks with only 4 draft picks and wanting to pay Wags and opens up $$ to sign DT, JReed, it’s a great deal for the Hawks.

    I’m not sure how the Hawks also got a 2020 – 2nd rd draft selection thrown in with the deal.

    If KC says we’ll trade the 29th pick and that’s it. Final deal and hangs up the phone, John Schneider calls him back in 15 minutes and says “you’ve got a deal”.

    KC was the more desperate team and when you act desperate, you give up extra. I bought a Lexus last week with that strategy. His lowest price was much higher than my highest price. I said, this is all I have to pay and then “shut up”. He discussed it with his wife and took my offer, then said, you got a steal.

  46. Inevitable! There’s no way the Hawks could afford to keep him after that ridiculous Wilson contract. Clark made out like a bandit!

  47. In Schneider we trust…
    He just solved two challenges. 1) freeing up 17k in cap space to be able to sign Wagner to a long-term deal 2) adding draft capital this year (and next) to be able to trade down and load up with young and hungry play-makers

    They were never going to sign Clark to a $105m deal as they still have Chancellor counting heavy against their cap.

  48. Clark has a better track record on the field than Dee ford and he didn’t line up offsides in the most important game in 50 yrs and cost us a super bowl shot. We’re in the business of winning football games the next few years is our best chance to win a super bowl and Clark gives us a much better chance at that then ford or who ever we would draft at 29…

  49. As for the comments about Clark’s off-field issues, they were years ago. He’s been basically a model citizen since being drafted by Seattle, outside of knocking out Germaine Ifedi at practice.

  50. So the Chiefs used their first round pick on a proven NFL stud at a position they need, replacing an older, injury prone and inconsistent player? I’m good with that. Welcome to Kansas City, Mr. Clark.

  51. Love reading the comments and seeing Chiefs fans desperately try to justify this Dee Ford/Frank Clark scenario.
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    Love reading the comments from all the arm-chair GM’s pretending they know more than real GM’s about how to build teams.

  52. Just spoke to one general manager who had this to say about the #Chiefs move…

    “Comparing Dee Ford to Frank Clark is like comparing Joe Flacco to Patrick Mahomes.”

    — Matt Verderame (@MattVerderame) April 23, 2019

  53. So, Veach, no competing against any other NFL team for Clark’s services, were effectively bidding against themselves…couldn’t just cough up the 1st rounder for the guy, but had to throw in a 2nd rounder too?

    Brilliant move Veach.

    Just trade away all that draft capital, bud. Axe known veterans off the team to save million$, then toss it and draft picks away on someone eles’s questionable veteran talent.

    And you still haven’t extended Hill, Jones or Mahomes.

    Brilliant.

  54. 35 sacks in 62 games, couple double digit sack seasons. Amazing that draws $21 mil a year now. He will be with the Chiefs for two, then won’t be able to afford Mahomes and $21 mil for a DE.

    Just crazy salaries now. Overpaying the “top” guys way too much (is he a “top” guy in anything other than salary?).

  55. It’s sad that no one can keep their own talent with the cap and how much teams are willing to throw at anyone.

    Clark is a definite talent though and I think the Chiefs got a good one.

    But WOW – $21M per for a DE?

    Crazy times.

  56. Michael Ingram says:
    April 23, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Just spoke to one general manager who had this to say about the #Chiefs move…

    “Comparing Dee Ford to Frank Clark is like comparing Joe Flacco to Patrick Mahomes.”

    — Matt Verderame (@MattVerderame) April 23, 2019
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    Matt and/or that GM should take another look.

    2018 Clark had 64 QB pressures – impressive.
    2018 Ford had 77 QB pressures

    2018 Dee Ford was ranked #1 pass rusher in the NFL by Pro Football Focus
    2018 Clark didn’t rank in the top 20 pass rusher by the same ranking

    I like Clark a lot and think he has more upside to come but to pretend he’s so head and shoulders over Ford or even Houston is BS

  57. I’m going to take a contrarian angle here and say this is a very good move for the Chiefs. From a basic player by player comparison between Clark and Ford, Clark has been the better, more consistent player over his career. Clark is younger and has had fewer injury concerns. And he’s a better fit as an every down lineman in a 4-3. I always felt Ford was a one dimensional specialist, while Clark gets after the QB and is strong in run defense.

    Let’s pretend the Chiefs don’t make this move. There’s absolutely no guarantee they are getting the same value they’d be getting for Clark by drafting at the end of the first round and re-signing Ford to an almost equally lucrative contract extension. This move makes the Chiefs a better football team. They got good value with a young player like Clark that’s been a beast for the Seahawks, for only a late 1st rounder and a 2nd rounder next year. And I think they’re closer to winning a Super Bowl than they would be with Ford and an unproven rookie.

  58. Schneider gets two more bites from the late 1st / early 2nd apple, which is right where he took Malik McDowell.

  59. Love it, all the people who didn’t watch Dee Ford his whole career think this is bad a move lol.

    I like Dee, great in the community, but he is not a three down player, always a liability in the run game.

    What was the guaranteed money we are giving Clark? That’s the real story. The Chiefs will have a bunch of dead money coming off the books the next two years. They are going to be fine.

  60. bestcameraanglesnevershown How do you know who was competeing for him, YOU DONT!! You think Houston and Ford were great yet our defense was last in the league yep time to change.

  61. its as simple as this. Ford is a 3-4 lb who is undersized to stop the run and a very inconsistently available pass rusher. therefore he wont fit well in the new 4-3 scheme in kc. Clark is 4-3 end who is a better scheme fit a better run defender and more consistent pass rushing end.
    I love to see kc make splash moves compared to years past of just staying stuck in mediocrity. next up will be Jones and hill followed by MR.MVP

  62. seahawks80 says:
    April 23, 2019 at 1:48 pm
    ok, its an article about the Seahawks….Cue all the same ol’ boring “one year dynasty” and “should have ran the ball” and “Wilson is overpaid” comments.

    3-2-1 go!!!

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    Those are your words. I don’t see them coming from anyone else.

    And there are no grounds for gashing on the Seahawks here either. They won this exchange hands down.

  63. Why not just extend Ford then? Now you’ll have to pay top dollar but have left choices in the draft.

    Is Clark that much better than Ford? I don’t think he’s worth the difference in that draft pick value.

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    I feel the same way, but Clark is a lot better against the run, and doesn’t have the injury history Ford does.

  64. This deal has nothing to do with Dee Ford. Dee Ford is a 3rd team scrub compared to Frank Clark in talent. Some of you need to learn football.

  65. Many people are saying why not keep Ford then ? Two reasons , a lot of pundits in K.C. claim he wasn’t a fit for the new defense. Two he’s not a smart player , constantly being told where to stand , what play is what and not the defensive leader they were expecting him to be. Listen to the offsides call in the game against New England where the chiefs intercepted Brady , the fabs went wild , game over.. nope dee Ford offsides. He was micd up , his reaction is a clue as to his football intelligence. He had no idea he was five feet offsides , asking was I offsides ? Listen to it on youtube , you’ll see why he was shipped out

  66. I was wrong, the Seahawks got way more for Clark than I expected. He also got paid more than I expected. Wow.

  67. It’s not Dees fault the chiefs didn’t make it to the super bowl , they wanted a general a leader among the front seven , instead it they got a extremely talented man who has lacks football iq

  68. He may fare better in San Francisco with a better defensive coordinator and an great linebackers coach . What he won’t have though is a tremendous defensive tackle like Chris Jones . He was really a situational pass rusher before the flowering of Chris Jones along the d line.
    Hell of a pass rusher most of the time but really nothing else

  69. 99.9% of the ppl on here do not understand just how good a deal this was for the Chiefs!! No he is not like Dee Ford, Clark is a top 5 Run stopper for 3yrs stright. Ford was bottom 15 every year.

  70. I’d also say many people on here forget the clock is ticking on the Chiefs SB window. Mahomes gets the richest contract in nfl history in 3 years. 2 + his 5th year option. Hill, assuming he isn’t banned from the league, is going to command a lot of money. Take advantage of the cheap labor now. Cap hell awaits later.

    Also would like full details of the contract. If they can cut bait in year 4 without a huge dead cap hit this deal is much better.

  71. What a weird set of events. Chiefs give up that much for a marginal improvement (if any) over Dee Ford? That’s a lot of draft capital to give up for not so much.

  72. WOW! As a Seahawks fan I’m happy. It seems the majority of chiefs fans don’t like the trade.
    For KC fans – You will love Clark. The guy works hard, is tough and can get to the QB.
    21 million a year? Crazy money.

    Something else to remember: The Patriots won the bowl and ranked 2nd to last in team sacks. KC ranked first. It’s a team sport.

  73. Sad to see him go but, he was asking for the moon, and Seattle wants to re-up Wagner.

  74. As a Cowboys fan you always look at what mistakes the Cowboys have
    made. In 2015 the second round was ending. I had read that the Cowboys
    were high on Clark, but because of some of the field domestic issues,
    the Cowboys were thought to have concerns about picking Clark.
    So the second round starts to get to the end the Cowboys presumptively
    had two defensive ends on their radar, it was an obvious need.
    The Cowboys opted for Randy Gregory and Clark went a few picks later.
    I wonder if the Cowboys would like that pick back?

  75. Schneider gets two more bites from the late 1st / early 2nd apple, which is right where he took Malik McDowell.

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    and in a parallel universe Malik McDowell had 13 sacks last year. I’m not putting that ATV incident on John Schneider. It’s certainly not his fault that unfortunate accident happened and frankly, Malik had a much greater chance of becoming the next frank clark getting paid big money than what happened before his first NFL snap…

    It was so tragic that it’s unfortunate you decided to bring him up like that…

    John Schneider will probably somehow parlay those two pics into five good players. He’s pretty good at moving down and drafting well in the later rounds.

  76. >> John Schneider will probably somehow parlay those two pics into five good players. <<

    Anything's possible. But after giving up a 6 + 7 for Brett Hundley, I wouldn't count on it.

  77. Chiefs are doing the same thing Seattle did when Wilson was on his rookie deal. Back in 2013, after winning the Super Bowl, Chancellor, Sherman, Thomas, Wagner, Bennett, and K.J all got extensions. Four of those players have been ALL-PRO. Then Wilson’s contract came up, and now it has come up again. Two of those players are left. 2020 marks the end of the current collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA. Nobody knows what the salary cap structure will be after that. Every team is gambling on that right now on that. Expect a really crazy draft day with lots of trades. Good luck to you all and enjoy the draft!

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