The Seahawks are looking for a first-round pick in a trade for defensive end Frank Clark, according to ESPN.
Seattle still is considering trading franchise DE Frank Clark and if he were to be traded before Thursday’s draft, the package would need to include at least a first-round pick, per league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 20, 2019
Clark, 26, has yet to sign the franchise tender the team placed upon him in March.
That tag would pay him $17.128 million this season, but Clark is clearly on the lookout for a long-term deal with the Seahawks after he recorded a career-high 13 sacks last season.
Seattle general manager John Schneider spoke about possible trade rumors for Clark this week and said those types of things pop up this time of year, but he did not dispel the notion Clark could be dealt.
“He’s a franchised player. We love Frank,” Schneider said, via ESPN. “He’s an incredibly effective pass-rusher and we love him. … When you’re getting close to the trade deadline and you get close to the draft, it’s like major speculation, a ton of drama, all the news outlets and everything. I get it. It’s what we’re doing, it’s entertainment.
“People around the league know that we’re in every deal, that the people on my staff, we’re always trying to understand the landscape around the National Football League. 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 was taken by the Seahawks out of Michigan in the second round in 2015.
He has tallied 32 sacks in his last three seasons with the Seahawks.
Seattle could trade him before Thursday’s draft, which will be held in Nashville, but it is unclear if he will be moved.