Frank Clark gets five-year, $105.5 million deal with Chiefs

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The Chiefs and Seahawks agreed to a trade on Tuesday that would send defensive end Frank Clark to Kansas City pending Clark’s agreement with the Chiefs on a new contract.

It did not take long for that deal to come together.

According to multiple reports, Clark has agreed to a five-year, $105.5 million deal with his new team. The deal has $63.5 million in guaranteed money.

Clark was set to make $17.128 million if he played out the season under the terms of the franchise tag that the Seahawks slapped on him in March.

This new deal trumps the $105 million in total value that DeMarcus Lawrence got from the Cowboys, although Lawrence got a slightly higher amount of guaranteed money at $65 million. It’s considerably more than the five-year, $85 million that Dee Ford got from the 49ers after the Chiefs traded him for a 2020 second-round pick earlier this year.

That pick may wind up as part of the compensation for Clark as the Chiefs will keep the better of their two second-rounders while sending the other one and this year’s first-round pick to Seattle. Both the price to acquire Clark and the price they’ll pay him suggests Kansas City believes Clark is step above Ford as a pass rusher.

87 responses to “Frank Clark gets five-year, $105.5 million deal with Chiefs

  1. Well, nobody has to worry about KC anymore. After their poor character picks and this mind boggling trade, compiled with coach Reid’s playoff ineptitude, all that’s left is silence in Arrowhead. Wow, Look, PM threw it left handed in a 31- 14 loss.

  2. They could have gave this to Ford and kept their first round pick. I don’t get it

  3. Chicago gave up 2 firsts for Mack but are getting back the Raiders second rounder next year (presumably a high pick in the 30s). I’d rather do that then give up what the Chiefs did for Clark.

  4. That is Tyreek Hill’s contract he was supposed to get before he got in trouble. The biggest loser in all of this is Tyreek Hill. Dee Ford got traded because the Chiefs wanted to use the money on Hill, but then just days later, Hill is in trouble and Ford is already gone. And the cheifs were absolutley screwed. They needed to make this move.

  5. Wow. What is going on with the Chiefs? They get rid of their best players and replace them with relative secondary players for even more money? Wow, just wow.

  6. Chiefs just committed suicide. I don’t even care if Clark had 13 sacks last season.

  7. With upcoming contracts to Patrick Mahomes who by the time will become the highest paid QB, potentially Tyreek Hill next year if he’s cleared of his situation. As well as Chris Jones who becomes a free agent next year who they either have to franchise or potentially pay close to or over 20 million for 2 defensive linemen.

  8. Any team that has a star defensive end up for a contract extension now will have to shell out $20 million a year. i don’t like the seahawks at all, but this is a smart move. you can draft and coach up the talent.

  9. Points to signs that the Chefs don’t plan on Hill being around much longer. Alright, just need to patch up 9 more holes on D and you’re set. Good luck Queefs.

  10. That was probably Tyreek’s $20 million a year that was rumored to be on the table before the accusations of child abuse.

  11. Anybody that is suggesting the chiefs won’t be able to pay Mahomes is a fool. All their moves this offseason are already being planned around the likely The 5 year, $200 million contract they’ll have to shell out to Maholmes. The question is whether they give it to him in the 2020 or 2021 offseason. If they wait until 2021, it will just get even more expensive. i would happily pay that much for Mahomes. Heck i’d pay $50 million and consider $40 million a bargain.

  12. Clark is an upgrade over Ford, but if I play KC GM, I’d rather pay Ford the lower salary and keep the pics. Too many holes on defense, and Mahomes needs an extension. I think this is a sign that Hill is not in future plans.

  13. I’ve never been a fan of the transaction where you trade for the right to sign a player to market value. To give up a first *and* a second *and* pay top-of-the-market money? For a non-elite player? Yikes.

  14. For the folks wondering why they didn’t keep Dee Ford , Well for starters he is a terrible reminder on why you weren’t in the SB since he lined up OFFSIDE, But seriously Frank Clark is miles better against the run plus he is 3 yrs younger than Dee ford.

    Plus if frank clark was entering this yr draft he would be a top 2 pick the chiefs get him for the 29th and a low 2nd round pick in 2020. Sure they have to pay him but it all works out like they were drafting top 3.

  15. This deal is absurd. The chiefs lost three times. First they didn’t get equal value for Dee Ford, then they gave up a ton of draft capital to get Clark and now shelling out more than $20 mil per. No way Dorsey makes this deal if he’s still with Chiefs.

  16. Clark is a complete 3 down player, Ford just a pass rusher with only 1.5 good seasons. Ford also not a fit for the 4-3. Also look at career snaps vs sacks. Clark has about the same sack total with 300 less snaps. Clark no supporting pass rush help, Ford has Houston and Jones.

  17. I always enjoy the “cap hell” shouters who don’t bother to look at upcoming salary situations to have an idea how things may shake out down the road. The problem is finding good talent that plays consistently well from year-to-year. Most teams keep the players that they want.

    Guys get paid a lot of money to maneuver the cap. Commenters on PFT who cry “cap hell” at every signing are generally clueless and aptly paid zero.

  18. whysosenestive445 says:
    April 23, 2019 at 2:26 pm
    They could have gave this to Ford and kept their first round pick. I don’t get it

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    Dee Ford? The same guy that lined up offsides and caused the Chiefs to miss out on the Super Bowl? The same Dee Ford that had three lackluster seasons out of five? Do you really believe that the Chiefs and their fans would just turn a blind eye to a guy that prevented the Chiefs from their first Super Bowl appearance in 50 years???

    Clark is a terror on the field. He had 13 sacks last year and is a plus run defender whereas Dee Ford was completely AWFUL against the run.

    Clark and Chris Jones will make for a very formidable duo.

  19. 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.

  20. Ut oh…Travis Kelce only makes 7.5 million per year…new shny toy tight end Frank Clark will make more than double that per year.

  21. Good luck to him and the Chiefs, but I don’t get paying through the nose for some of these guys. I completely agree with paying a proven franchise QB a ton of money, they are hard to find. I’m all for these guys making the money, but from a team aspect, I don’t see how you can sell the team out for two or three guys.

  22. Wow! None of these guys are worth anywhere near the amounts in these ridiculous contracts! The league is killing the golden goose thanks to the union!

  23. Last June, the vikigns signed danielle hunter to a 5 year, $72 million contract. Vikings sure planned that well. Hunter is arguably a similar talent to Clark, and possibly better.

  24. chickensalad43 says:

    April 23, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Chicago gave up 2 firsts for Mack but are getting back the Raiders second rounder next year (presumably a high pick in the 30s). I’d rather do that then give up what the Chiefs did for Clark.
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    Plus Chicago got an extra year of Mack on their roster

  25. Seahawks’ fan here.

    Really like Clark and sad to see him go.

    What’s a bit odd is that the Chiefs let both Dee Ford and Justin Houston go.

    I think Clark may be better than either (though the stats last year disagree) but still, two is better than one.

    Congrats to Clark and good luck to Chiefs.

  26. You guys act like players like Frank Clark are not getting paid, the price was set before we traded. Name one player at pick #29 that would be better plus next years second was an extra second. All the Reid haters popping off where was your team during the AFC championship game?

  27. Sweet Insanity says:
    April 23, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Plus if frank clark was entering this yr draft he would be a top 2 pick the chiefs get him for the 29th and a low 2nd round pick in 2020. Sure they have to pay him but it all works out like they were drafting top 3

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    Not really. KC would get that top 3 draft pick for a minimum of (4) years at a total contract valued less than one year of what is being shelled out to Clark. That’s an additional $65-70 million to move up the 26 spots.

  28. Vegas420 says:
    April 23, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    lol cap hell for the Queefs
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    What about the Seahawks?

    They’re already clearing out cap space to pay Wilson his $140mil & $65mil signing bonus!

    That didn’t take long.

  29. I like how everyone points out players with domestic violence issues, but he skates by.
    Since it happened in college it doesn’t count is the NFL’s new mantra I guess?

  30. What are the Chiefs doing…if they just paid Ford they’d still have a first round pick and just as good of production. I don’t see the upgrade over Ford and they gave a pick away.

  31. This makes no sense. Clark had 14 sacks and 4 forced fumbles. Dee Ford had 13 sacks and 7 forced fumbles. You now owe the 2nd round pick you got from the Niners to Seattle. Therefore, you got nothing for Dee Ford. You are also giving up this year’s first-round pick AND paying 20 million more than you could have paid Ford???? The Chiefs gave up a first-round pick and paid 20 million dollars to have Frank Clark instead of Dee Ford.

  32. steelpenguin6687 says:
    April 23, 2019 at 3:38 pm
    Good luck to him and the Chiefs, but I don’t get paying through the nose for some of these guys. I completely agree with paying a proven franchise QB a ton of money, they are hard to find. I’m all for these guys making the money, but from a team aspect, I don’t see how you can sell the team out for two or three guys.

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    The only reason why the Chiefs didn’t appear in Super Bowl 53 is because of their defense but specifically due to Dee Ford’s lining up offsides.

    The Chiefs aren’t taking any chances this year, hiring an excellent defensive coaching staff and bringing in guys like Clark, Mathieu, Okafor and Breeland to a defense that already had a few good pieces in place with Chris Jones, Derek Nnadi, Xavier Williams, Anthony Hitchens and Kendall Fuller.

    Will it be enough for their defense to finish in the 15-20th overall defensive category? Time will tell. But the Chiefs are obviously going for it this year, not unlike the Rams did last year.

  33. Chiefs were done when Hill got busted for breaking his kids arm. Suddenly, Mahommes will crash down back to earth next year without the fastest child beater in the NFL.

  34. This is slowly playing out exactly as Chiefs fans asked for. Bob Sutton-fired along with pretty much the entire defensive staff. As hard as it was Eric Berry was cut due to injury history and was replaced by a younger, healthier, comparable player. Dee Ford was let go after becoming a liability in the run defense and has now been replaced by a proven 3 down player. Justin Houston not the player he once was …released along with his big salary. Steven Nelson was let walk and was replaced by last years free agent darling who got away. add into all this a few potential starters and backups added in free agency and the remaining 5 or 6 draft picks and the Chiefs are in pretty good shape as compared to last year….we wanted change and we are definitely getting change!

  35. How many of the “they should have kept Dee Ford” crowd know much of anything about Ford’s time in KC outside of this past season? My bet is not too many of them. KC fans are not really lamenting the loss of Dee Ford. He’s basically a one trick pony and not what the Chiefs need going forward.

    My initial take on this trade is that they paid too much, but they got better today. This guy is hands down a more complete player with more potential than Dee Ford. Paired with Chris Jones, there is a lot of potential to improve a D that was abysmal against the run and the short pass last season. That said, for what he cost, he needs to have an immediate and significant impact. I’m really looking forward to seeing this defense!

  36. sbchamps3233 says:
    April 23, 2019 at 2:48 pm
    My oh my how KC loves them some domestically violent dudes. Good job and keep up the good work.

    – Broncos fans!

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    Have fun staring up at us in first place for the next 15 years while Patrick Mahomes continues to own your team’s soul.

    Joe Flacco. LOL.

  37. Awesome, more abusers in our community. Thanks Mr. Hunt! For pete’s sake why is this organization so tone deaf? You’d think after Jovan Belcher shooting himself at the stadium after killing his girlfriend they’d be leery of these kind of character issues. But nah…damn all that. Let’s bring in a guy like Kareem Hunt, and Tyreek Hill, and this new joker here. Its getting really hard to root for these guys.

  38. Trumps?

    You love Trump…he is great, I agree..

    “This new deal trumps the $105 million in total value that DeMarcus Lawrence got from the Cowboys”

  39. raiderhatersdieofaids says:
    April 23, 2019 at 5:24 pm
    Another Chiefs player that likes to beat up women, very typical of that franchise.
    +++
    Do you remember Aldon Smith? Yeah I know, he was a Niner as well but, I guess you didn’t mind at the time. Ya know, his domestic violence issues he had…

    I guess that’s typical of the Raiders to, eh?

  40. Well all those people saying they had never heard of Frank Clark before in the threads over the last week can now say they have heard of him.

    Lots of naysayers laughing and saying he wasn’t worth the first rounder ended up being wrong.

  41. Alex Okafor, Emmanuel Ogbah, Frank Clark, Chris Jones, Breeland Speaks, Derek Nnadi is a solid start in your new 4-3 base defense. KC still needs another S and another cover CB, but their defense looks solid otherwise. They need to add a playmaker on offense in this draft as well with their RBs on expirings and the uncertainty of Hill and Watkins at WR moving forward.

  42. I love the comments, everything is about putting each other down instead of discussing football. Many of you should see about getting a show on Sirius NFL channel since you know more then Bill Polian, Pat Kirwan, Jim Murray etc. Who all thought it was a good deal and he’s definitely better then See Ford. don’t like the dollars myself, but they have the money for now until Mahommes contract time, so what the hell.

  43. I don’t agree with Clark’s past actions regarding domestic violence but, all these people up in arms about it, I have one question.

    What are you doing in your community to stop it, and bring awareness? Or is your outrage only limited to professional athletes?

  44. fearthewheat says:
    Clark better turn into Khalil Mack really quick.
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    Sacks the last 3 years:

    Khalil Mack 34
    Frank Clark 35

    And in fewer snaps.

  45. Steve Cunningham says:

    What about the Seahawks?

    They’re already clearing out cap space to pay Wilson his $140mil & $65mil signing bonus!

    That didn’t take long.
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    They have over $100 million in cap space to spend in the next 2 years, even with Wilson’s contract. So no they’re not.

  46. Great move by the Seahawks to dump an expensive player and get a first rounder in a draft that has plenty of pass rushers who will cost very little on rookie contracts. It’s a strong move. I guess KC keeps Clark for a couple seasons and then trades or cuts him?

  47. Clark > Ford
    Spagnola > Sutton
    Breeland > Nelson
    Matheiu > Berry (for the last 2 years)
    Watts will start at the other S position, Ward played well at CB and should only improve.

    The Chiefs defense is better, the offense is the same.

    I don’t like losing the picks for Clark but they could just as easily miss on the picks they’re losing. Take a proven vet and win now.

    Chiefs are better…

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