The Seahawks have traded Frank Clark to Chiefs for first-round pick and more. What they got back wasn’t as much as they should have.
The Seahawks traded Frank Clark on Tuesday to the Kansas City Chiefs. What Seattle will get in return is the Chiefs’ first-round pick this year (number 29 overall) and a second-round choice in 2020. Seattle and Kansas City will also swap third-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft.
I don’t like that Clark was traded. Seattle shouldn’t have given up Clark for a pick as low as 29 either. If Seattle was worried, which obviously they were, that Clark would not sign a long-term extension after the 2019 season, they should have let him walk after this coming year. Without Clark at defensive end, Seattle is a weakened team and one that probably won’t be as good in 2019 as they were in 2018 when they somewhat surprisingly made the playoffs.
Maybe there is a grander plan afoot. The Seahawks now have the numbers 21 and 29 picks in the first round of this year’s draft. It could be that Seattle will combine those two picks and move up in the draft to take a high quality edge rusher to replace Clark.
On the brighter side of things financially, Clark no longer being in Seattle will create salary space to extend other Seahawks like Bobby Wagner and Jarran Reed. It would be great to keep these two players in Seattle. Now that Seattle has extended quarterback Russell Wilson, Seattle will still have a solid core for a few years should they extend Reed and Wagner.
For the draft, maybe Seattle just decides to keep picks 21 and 29 and doesn’t trade down. But with John Schneider you never know. One thing is for sure, Seattle isn’t done making moves for this NFL draft because they still have just five picks. One move has been made, though, Frank Clark is a Kansas City Chief and let us hope that Seattle can overcome his loss.