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NFL Draft Gets Shaken Up After Star Pass Rusher Traded to Contender – Report

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The Seattle Seahawks franchise tagged star defensive end Frank Clark with an eye on either signing him to a long-term extension or getting something in return for him via trade.

Well, it turns out the Seahawks are choosing the latter.

Seattle traded Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 2019 first-round pick (29th overall), a 2020 second-round pick that will be the worse of the Chiefs’ two second-rounders in that draft and a pick swap in the third round this season, which move the Seahawks from the 92nd overall pick to the 84th overall pick. The trade was reported by several outlets, including ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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In addition, Clark will get that massive payday he sought after, signing a five-year, $105.5 million contract that includes $63.5 million in guaranteed money, according to NFL reporter Ian Rapaport.

The Seahawks, who now find themselves in the position of coming off a 10-win season, a playoff appearance in 2018 and being armed with two first-round draft picks in the upcoming draft, have a ton of potential to make the next big leap in the competitive NFC West they once held sway over.

Will Seattle keep both first-rounders on draft day?

All of CBS Sports‘ various mock drafts that reflect the trade have the Seahawks picking defensive players, including Clelin Ferrell of Clemson to replace the outgoing Clark at No. 21.

Considering the big money contract that Seattle lavished upon Russell Wilson, it would make a ton of financial sense to populate as much of the roster as possible with rookie contracts.

Meanwhile, this continues a sort of bizarre motif for the Chiefs as well, a franchise becoming exceptionally well-known for taking chances on players with character issues.

Clark fell into the second round in 2015 because of questions about his off-field behavior, specifically some allegations of domestic violence when he was at Michigan.

Kareem Hunt was cut by the Chiefs after footage emerged of him attacking a woman in a hotel in Cleveland, while Tyreek Hill is currently under investigation by the NFL for “an incident involving a minor”, the details of which have still not been made public.

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The Chiefs have a superstar quarterback—albeit one with character issues of his own, namely eating ketchup on steak—in Patrick Mahomes.

They hosted the AFC Championship Game, losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Patriots.

In an NFL universe where title windows rarely stay open for more than a year or two—Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s sustained excellence being a massive outlier from the norm—the Chiefs may well have decided that any risks that come from Clark are more than offset by what he can do for their defense.

Clark was a premiere pass rusher for the Seahawks, notching 35 sacks and eight forced fumbles in just four seasons in Seattle. Clark will still be in his prime, as he will only be 26-years-old when next season begins.

Then again, the reaction on Twitter seems to suggest that maybe this wasn’t quite the best move the Chiefs could have made, with Ross Tucker of SiriusXM and The Athletic making a key point about both the trade and the money subsequently paid to Clark:

Also worth noting, for the deal to happen at all, Clark was going to have to be paid more than Dallas Cowboys star Demarcus Lawrence, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson:

There’s no guarantee Seattle’s done either—GM John Schneider still has just five picks in the upcoming NFL Draft. He could easily trade down to accrue more draft picks.

The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday, April 25.

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Boston born and raised, Fox has been writing about sports since 2011. He covered ESPN Friday Night Fights shows for The Boxing Tribune before shifting focus and launching Pace and Space, the home of "Smart NBA Talk for Smart NBA Fans", in 2015. He can often be found advocating for various NBA teams to pack up and move to his adopted hometown of Seattle.
Boston born and raised, Fox has been writing about sports since 2011. He covered ESPN Friday Night Fights shows for The Boxing Tribune before shifting focus and launching Pace and Space, the home of "Smart NBA Talk for Smart NBA Fans", in 2015. He can often be found advocating for various NBA teams to pack up and move to his adopted hometown of Seattle.
Birthplace
Boston, Massachusetts
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Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Nevada-Reno
Location
Seattle, Washington
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English
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