frank clark trade talk is slowly starting to heat up. Ever since the Seattle Seahawks dished out record-setting money to Russell Wilson, there’s been a growing sense that the team might trade the pass-rusher. They recently placed the franchise tag on Clark, and the defensive end has been looking for a longterm deal of his own.
There was a report in early March that the two sides were making good progress on a deal, but that never materialized. Coach Pete Carroll has said he plans on having Clark in 2019, but general manager John Schneider recently refused to rule out trading Clark.
We now have word of some potential suitors for Clark, as Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Colts, Chiefs, and Jets are all interested in making a deal.
All three teams could use some pass-rushing help, so the interest there makes a lot of sense.
Rapoport says the Seahawks have been “talking to several teams” and they continue to sound more and more open to trading Clark. Rapoport says “all eyes are on the Frank Clark sweepstakes” around the league, and at this point it would be a surprise if he’s still in Seattle at the start of the season.
From @gmfb: The #AZCardinals looming meeting to settle in on No. 1, plus the #Seahawks are exploring trade options for Frank Clark. pic.twitter.com/eBWZNMKa96
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 22, 2019
Rapoport has consistently said that if a trade is going to happen the Seahawks want it settled by the start of the draft, so we should know where Clark is headed in the next couple of days.
The Chiefs traded Dee Ford and released Justin Houston this offseason, so their pass-rushing corp is in major need of replenishing. The Colts signed Houston, but still don’t have a ton of talent coming off the edge.
The Jets have been in search of pass-rushing help for seemingly close to a decade now, and a splash like this might be exactly what they need.