With three days remaining before the 2019NFL Draftkicks off, trade rumors continue to heat up.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday onGood Morning Footballthat theSeahawkshave been talking to several teams about Clark, including theIndianapolis Colts,Kansas City ChiefsandNew York Jets.
It’s possible a Clark trade goes down early this week shaking up the draft. It’s been reported that theSeahawkshave sought a first-round pick in return for the pass rusher.
Seattle GM John Schneidermade it clear he’d be willing to listen to trade proposalsfor Clark when talking to the media last week.
“We are always trying to understand what the landscape is throughout the National Football League,” he said. “If we didn’t, we wouldn’t be doing our job. We can’t ever have our head in the sand with anything. But we love Frank, obviously. That’s why we franchised him.”
Clark is slated to earn $17 million on the franchise tag in 2019. Any team acquiring the 25-year-old pass-rusher must be ready to hand him a massive new contract — likely landing somewhere around the $90 million dealTrey Flowersgot from theDetroit Lionsthis offseason.
Clark is a talented pass rusher coming off his best season, with a career-high 13 sacks. A history of domestic violence issues stemming from his college days, however, could play a role in a team’s willingness to give up a bounty of draft picks, then hand the player a massive payday.
Schneider has been open about potentially adding more picks to his draft haul — he has just four selections currently. While shipping Clark out of town would leave a huge hole on defense, it’s Schneider’s best chip at the moment. If a team is prepared to part with a big haul for that chip, the GM is willing to make a move.