The Dallas Cowboys agreed to a massive $105 million contract extension with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence on Friday, and Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark responded on Twitter not long after the announcement:
— Frank Clark (@TheRealFrankC_) April 5, 2019
Of course, Clark is in a similar situation to the one Lawrence was in before he signed his new deal.
Like Lawrence, Clark had a franchise tag placed upon him by his team, and, like Lawrence, he is searching for a new contract. The difference is that Clark is holding out until a new deal gets done and doesn't plan on signing the tag unless he gets to the season without a contract.
The 25-year-old is coming off of a terrific 2018 campaign in which he racked up 41 tackles, 13 sacks, an interception, three forced fumbles and a couple of fumble recoveries.
Clark, who played his collegiate football at the University of Michigan, was originally selected by the Seahawks in the second round (63rd pick overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.
He played in 15 games during his rookie season, finishing with 16 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble. Then, the following year, Clark broke out, totaling 47 tackles, 10 sacks, a pair of forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Clark then maintained a solid level of production in 2017, recording 32 stops, nine sacks, a couple of forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Should the Cleveland native played out the 2019 campaign on his franchise tag, he would make $17.1 million before hitting free agency again.
The Seahawks won 10 games this past season and fell to the Cowboys in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs.