On Mondays afternoon the Seattle Seahawks put the Designated franchise player on Defensive End Frank Clark. It was not an expected move by the Seahawks and the move gives both sides some time to evaluate what’s really important for self and club if you will. At the same time, both sides feel respected and hopefull of moving from the engagement part of the relationship to a full marriage partnership.
By designating Clark with the franchise tag, the talented DE would play the 2019 season on a one year deal that will pay him $17,128 million per NFL. com unless of course, the sides agree to a long -term deal before July 15, which is the NFL imposed deadline date for teams to sign a franchsied player to multi-year extensions.
The non-exclusive franchise tag agreement allows Clark to negotiate elsewhere, but for another team to sign him, it would have to send two first-round picks to Seattle.
If the two sides cannot agree to a deal by July 15th things get a little bit dicey because one the deadline passes there can be no negotiations until after the Seahawks regular season game. If no deal is reached between the two sides after the season the Seahawks have the option to franchise Clark again in 2020.
The 25-year-old Clark is the first Seahawks player to be franchised since kicker Olindo Mare in 2010. The non-exclusive franchise tag agreement allows Clark to negotiate elsewhere, but for another team to sign him, it would have to send two first-round picks to Seattle.
Clark was a 2015 second-round pick by the Seahawks, was Pro Football Focus‘ top-graded edge rusher in the NFC West last season. He finished with 14 sacks, 41 tackles, 27 quarterback hits, and his first career interception. In four years with the Seahawks, Clark has 35 sacks, 136 tackles and 72 quarterback hits.