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RUMOR: Jets not interested in trading for Frank Clark

Frank Clark, Seahawks

The New York Jets are focused on the NFL Draft this Thursday like every other team. But could they trade for Frank Clark during or before the draft?

Despite multiple rumors, the Jets are not interested in acquiring the Seattle Seahawks’ edge rusher, according to Manish Mehta. Earlier this offseason, the Seahawks placed their franchise tag on Clark.

According to reports, the Seahawks are willing to listen to offers for the talented pass rusher. They are reportedly asking for a first-round pick for Clark’s services.

The Jets have the third overall pick in this year’s draft so it’s unlikely they give that selection up if they were to acquire Clark.

Regardless, whoever (if anybody) decides to trade for Clark better be ready to pay him top pass-rusher money. To compare, Trey Flowers received $90 million over five years from the Detroit Lions earlier this offseason.

Because of that, Clark will garner a hefty contract if he is traded before or during the NFL Draft. The Seahawks’ edge rusher had his best season in 2018.

In 2018, Clark had 13 sacks, 27 quarterback hits, 10 tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles. All of those numbers are career-highs for Clark besides the tackles for loss.

From 2015-2017, Clark was getting fewer reps due to guys like Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril were on the team. Now, Clark is Seattle’s most talented and reliable pass rusher but after giving Russell Wilson the highest-paid contract in NFL History, money is tight.

In conclusion, the Seahawks will need to decide if they want to move or keep Clark for the 2019 season.

Although, if they keep Clark it could be very likely that 2019 is his last season in Seattle.