In a defense that saw a lot of change last season, the Seahawks are finding some consistency in fourth-year defensive end Frank Clark.
“Frankie will be with us, yeah,” coach Pete Carroll assured fans Thursday at the NFL scouting combine, and the team made the deal official Monday.
The Seahawks are sticking Clark with a franchise tag which will give one of the most veteran players on the young defense another year in the Pacific Northwest and $17.128 million to boot — unless the two parties agree to a long-term deal before July 15, the deadline for signing franchised players to multi-year extensions.
It is the first time Seattle has used the franchise tag since 2010.
We have placed the franchise tag on DE Frank Clark.
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) March 4, 2019
Clark’s rookie contract came to an end after the 2018 season where he had a team-high and career-best 13 sacks. His career total (35) is the 10th best in franchise history.
Clark has tallied 32 sacks since 2016, the ninth-most in the NFL during that period.
“Frankie just turned 25, he’s still a very young football player,” Carroll said. “(He) made a huge step this year in terms of leadership, growth and maturity. It was so obvious. I was really proud of seeing that develop for Frank. He played great too.
“He’s a very valuable football player and that’s the process we’re in the middle of and all that, I can’t tell you guys how that’s going to turn out, but it’s going to be positive for the Seahawks and for Frank.”