Clark and the Chiefs were likely in negotiations on a new deal before the trade was made official, as it took less than an hour to agree to a contract with his new club. He should slot in immediately as a starting defensive end for a Chiefs team that fell just short in the AFC Championship Game a season ago and will capitalize with a big payday coming off of a 13-sack 2018 campaign.
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).
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.
As a second-round pick in 2015, Clark earned a shade more than $3.7 million over the course of his rookie contract. The aforementioned tag would guarantee him a significant, albeit brief pay raise to $17.128 million for next season, but it appears as if the defensive end is keen on attaining a long-term commitment. With that knowledge, it's no surprise that the Seahawks have been fielding trade offers for Clark, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports. In reality, the Seahawks have the upper hand, as the tag will kick in if the two sides are unable to reach an agreement on a contract by July 15. Whether or not Clark reports by Week 1 could be the biggest story line of Seattle's upcoming season preparations.
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.
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