The Seattle Seahawks got their extra draft picks, Frank Clark got his money and the two sides parted ways Tuesday morning when it was announced that the Seahawks had trade Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for the 29th pick in the week’s draft, a 2020 second-round pick and a swap of 2019 third-rounders.
Clark’s franchise tag was removed after it was announced he had reached a five year, $105.5 million deal with ( $63.5 guaranteed). For the Seahawks, the deal makes sense in that they get a first round pick ( 29th) this year and a second rounder in 2020 and the two teams swap third-round picks this year. The Seahawks pick up much-needed capital and save cap room. Before Tuesdays deal the Seahawks had four picks, Rd 1 (21), Rd 3 ( 84), Rd (40 124, Rd 5 (159). John Schneider and company will now have to make good on the acquired picks. The deal is a risk in that an accomplished edge rusher is hard to find in the NFL which is why the Chiefs went all in.
For the Chiefs, the deal makes sense in that it improves a defense that was ranked 31st in the 32 team NFL. The Chiefs defense against the run was 27th and 31st against the run.
“I feel like I’m good. I wanted to be somewhere where I’m wanted, where I’m appreciated,” Clark told ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Tuesday. “I thank God that K.C. came in and showed that. … In life, you just want to be shown that you are appreciated sometimes, and I feel like this was one of those things.”
The Chiefs have the best offense in the NFL led by Patrick Mahomes and decided to clean house on the defensive side of the ball after a heartbreaking 37-31 overtime loss in the AFC Championship to eventual SuperBowl Winners New England Patriots. Kansas City replaced longtime defensive coordinator Bob Sutton wit hired Steve Spagnuolo.