The Seahawks and Chiefs are closing in on a trade of Clark to Kansas City, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. As for compensation, the Chiefs are expected to send a 2019 first-round pick and 2020 second-round selection to Seattle while swapping picks in the middle rounds. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the deal won't be official until the Chiefs and Clark agree to terms of a long-term contract. Once it goes through, the Chiefs will have totally retooled their pass rush this offseason, exchanging Dee Ford (49ers) and Justin Houston (Colts) for Clark and Emmanuel Ogbah (Browns).
The Seahawks likely will listen to trade offers for Clark, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Clark hasn't signed his $17.1 million franchise tag and isn't expected to show up for training camp without a long-term contract. The Seahawks still have a decent cap situation after finalizing an extension for Russell Wilson, but they also have stud middle linebacker Bobby Wagner heading into a contract season. It's possible Clark is the odd man out, as the recent deals for Trey Flowers (Lions) and Demarcus Lawrence (Cowboys) will make it difficult for the Seahawks to lock down their top pass rusher for less than $20 million per year. Clark is younger than both of the aforementioned players -- he turns 26 in June -- and has more career sacks (35) to his name. The Seahawks can easily find room for all of Wilson, Clark and Wagner, but it would be a concession to one of the most top-heavy cap sheets in the league.
The Seahawks placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Clark on Monday, John Boyle of the team's official site reports. A second-round pick by Seattle in 2015, Clark has proved his worth and then some, totaling the ninth-most sacks (32) in the NFL the last three years while missing just one game during that stretch. The tag ensures he'll be a Seahawk in 2019, with a price tag of $17.128 million unless the two sides reach an agreement on a multi-year contract by July 15.
Clark is viewed as the "primary candidate" for the Seahawks' franchise tag during the offseason, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. Expect a decision either way to come soon since the two-week window for teams to designate franchise- and transition-tag players opened Tuesday. The pass rusher would be a valuable commodity if allowed to hit the open market after Clark finished sixth in the league with 14 sacks in 2018. That production is particularly impressive when considering Clark saw significantly fewer snaps than most of the players above him on the leaderboard.
Clark recorded four tackles -- including one for a loss -- and two sacks in Thursday's 27-24 win over the Packers. Clark now has 10 sacks through 10 games, tying the mark he set in 2016 through 15 contests. He now ranks third in the league behind only Aaron Donald (12.5) and Danielle Hunter (11.5).
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