Trade for Frank Clark continues defensive overhaul by Chiefs

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Tuesday’s trade for Seattle defensive end Frank Clark was a huge move for the Chiefs, and also the latest in what has been a complete overhaul of their defense.

They ranked 31st in the league in yards allowed last year, and 24th in points allowed, so it’s reasonable to see why they decided to shuffle the deck. But this turned into 52-card pickup in a hurry.

They fired former defensive coordinator Bob Sutton shortly after their season ended, and replaced him with Steve Spagnuolo — which brings a shift from a 3-4 base to a 4-3.

That was just the beginning, as they overturned much of the defensive personnel, at least the part you’d recognize.

They franchise-tagged outside linebacker Dee Ford, then traded him to the 49ers for a second-round pick. They followed by releasing outside linebacker Justin Houston, and safety Eric Berry flushing three of the team’s most productive players in less than a week.

They went on a spree in free agency, signing safety Tyrann Mathieu, cornerback Bashaud Breeland, defensive end Alex Okafor, and linebacker Damien Wilson, and then traded for Browns defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah.

They’re now without a first-rounder, but they still have two second-round picks (61st and 63rd overall) and a third (84th, after swapping spots with Seattle in the Clark deal). There’s also the small matter of signing Clark to a huge contract extension to complete the deal.

It’s an aggressive set of moves, for a team that clearly identified a problem and dealt with it before they have to start paying stars on the other side of the ball.

 

11 responses to “Trade for Frank Clark continues defensive overhaul by Chiefs

  1. But are they really better on defense during this overhaul? I would say the answer is easily NO

  2. They have the draft capital (4 picks in top 100) to make it happen. Its a win now mode for them. I guess Chiefs will be scoring lots of points and they need those pass rushers when teams need to throw against them to catch up with this high octane offense they have.

  3. I like what KC has done. They have gotten younger and Ford & Houston became expendable when they went to the 4-3. I would bet that Ogbah moves to tackle, if they do not get one in the draft. The two second rounders should become instant starters and the third rounder moves them higher in the draft. Obviously, they feel they can deal with the signing of Clark. Not a particular fan of KC but I can understand what they are doing. Also unloading salaries of Berry & Houston makes it easier to sign Clark and Mahomes, when the time comes.

  4. Many of you are asking, ” why not just pay Ford?”

    Here is why:

    March 5th, 2019: Chiefs are reportedly negotiating a huge contract for Tyreek Hill, who is an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

    March 10th, 2019: Justin Houston released. This is cap saving move.

    March 12, 2019- chiefs trade Dee ford to 49ers. This is a move to save cap space to sign Tyreek Hill to a huge contract.

    March 15, 2019-Tyreek Hill is under investigation for domestic assault on a child.

    April 23, 2019-Chiefs trade for Frank Clark. will sign to a huge contract, probably similar to Danielle Hunter’s contract in Minnesota.

    So there ya go. the cheifs got rid of Dee Ford to sign Tyreek Hill, and now Hill is likely going to be suspended all of next year or kicked out of the league. If Hill can come back to the Chiefs, he comes back on a very very cheap deal. If Hill can keep playing eventually, the cheifs get a steal in terms of the cap. they basically will get Hill and Clark for basically one big contract that goes to Ford, and Hill gets pennies because he is an idiot.

    Then, in 2021, the Chiefs will likely need to sign Mahomes to a $40 million per year deal.

  5. Yeah, some moves look good on paper. But in the NFL, talent rarely travels well. How many times have we seen a stud player leave in free agency with a fat new contract and then perform at an average level? Building your Dream Team through free agency rarely works.

  6. KC definitely needs defensive help after trading/cutting studs the las couple of years. Derrick Johnson is laughing at their defensive ranking.

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