The Seattle Seahawks obviously just wanted to get the band back together. First, they brought back Jarran Reed after he was away for a couple of years. On Wednesday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that the Seahawks are bringing back Frank Clark too.
Clark was released by the silly Denver Broncos a couple of weeks ago. This was after he signed with Denver this past offseason as a free agent. After leaving Seattle before the 2019 season and prior to signing with Denver, Clark played for the Kansas City Chiefs and was exceptional in the postseason.
Seattle appears to have lost edge rusher Uchenna Nwosu for the season after he tore a pec in Week 7. Nwosu was not only the Seahawks' most consistent outside linebacker in the last year-plus, but he was also a veteran presence in the locker room. Now, though Clark fits a slightly different role, he will be that veteran voice. Here are three reasons why Clark was good to bring back.
Seattle Seahawks team Frank Clark with Jarran Reed again
In 2018 with Seattle, Clark had 13 sacks and Reed had 10.5. They seem to know how to play off of each other. Having a pass-rushing presence outside and along the interior line is a dangerous thing for a defense.
Reed already has 4 sacks this year so he's good either way. Clark isn't going to get 13, though. Still, he will be Seattle's best pure pass rusher at defensive end.
Frank Clark is a veteran the team needs
Seattle has a lot of talent, but a lot of that talent is young. Players like Boye Mafe and Derick Hall still need a veteran voice in their ears sometimes and Clark can be that. Plus, his postseason experience is nearly unmatched.
Frank Clark adds a dimension Seattle didn't really have
While the Seahawks do have edge rushers who can be productive, they didn't really have a defense end that could wreck an opposing team's pass offense. Dre'Mont Jones can get home on a quarterback sometimes, but he's not Clark when Clark is at his best.
It appears Frank Clark will immediately join the 53-man roster. He played earlier this year and is in football shape. The expectation is that Clark helps the team immediately and not two or three weeks down the road.