Frank Clark is apparently Kansas City-bound.
The Seahawks have agreed to send their star defensive end to the Chiefs, ESPN reported Tuesday. NFL Media first reported advanced talks between the teams.
Seattle will receive a first-round draft pick in 2019 and a second-round pick in 2020, and the teams also will swap third-round picks this year. In order to facilitate the deal, the franchise-tagged Clark has agreed to a new five-year, $105.5 million contract with $63.5 million guaranteed, ESPN said.
“I feel like I’m good. I wanted to be somewhere where I’m wanted, where I’m appreciated,” Clark told ESPN. “I thank God that KC came in and showed that. … In life you just want to be shown that you are appreciated sometimes and I feel like this was one of those things.”
ESPN also reported that one of Clark’s conditions was to be paid more than defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, who recently inked a $105 million deal with the Cowboys. Since Clark will be getting $63.5 million guaranteed, he will earn more overall.
The move comes a little over a month after the Chiefs traded defensive end Dee Ford to the 49ers for a 2020 second-round pick.
Seahawks general manager John Schneider had left the door open for a potential trade while speaking to the media last week.
“We are always trying to understand what the landscape is throughout the National Football League,” Schneider said, via NFL.com. “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, 25, was selected by the Seahawks in the second round of the 2015 draft and was slated to earn $17 million on the franchise tag in 2019.
He is coming off his most productive season in which he registered a career-high 13 sacks.