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New York Jets tried to acquire Frank Clark, may try again

Frank Clark, Seahawks, Jets

Frank Clark is currently embroiled in a contract dispute with the Seattle Seahawks, so, naturally, there has been some trade chatter surrounding the star defensive end.

Of course, the Seahawks don’t have to trade Clark, as he is under contract through the end of 2019, but that won’t stop teams from trying.

Like the New York Jets, for example.

According to Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst, the Jets tried to acquire Clark earlier this offseason and may be looking to do so again during next week’s NFL Draft.

Pauline notes that New York was originally hoping that the pass rusher would hit free agency, but because Seattle placed a franchise tag on him, the Jets will have to trade for him if they hope to acquire him this offseason.

He also says that New York was not willing to give up the third overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft for Clark. The Jets don’t have much ammunition otherwise, as the best they can offer outside of the No. 3 selection is two third-round picks, which is almost certainly not enough to entice the Seahawks into moving their ace defender.

Clark is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he racked up 41 tackles, 13 sacks, an interception, three forced fumbles, and a couple of fumble recoveries.

Rumor has it that the 25-year-old does not want to play out the 2019 season on a franchise tag and is willing to sit out of training camp until he and the Seahawks reach a long-term agreement. Also, if Seattle is not able to sign Clark to an extension before the July deadline, the talk is that Clark will then not be open to re-signing with the club once he hits free agency next offseason.