The Chiefs have agreed to a trade for Seahawks DE Frank Clark. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the move will send this year's 1st-round pick and a 2nd-rounder in 2020 to Seattle, with the 2 teams also swapping selections in this year's 3rd round. Beyond that, Kansas City has reportedly signed Clark to a 5-year contract worth $105.5 million, with $63.5 million of that guaranteed. The Seahawks had franchised Clark, so his payday was coming. It's a surprising move for K.C., though, given that they had already traded away franchised edge rusher Dee Ford this offseason. Clark tied Ford's 13 sacks last season (7th in the league) and ranked 8th in total QB hits (with 2 fewer than Ford -- who also tallied 3 more tackles for loss). That followed seasons of 9, 10 and 3 sacks for the 25-year-old Clark. The trade shows K.C. clearly considers Clark a better fit in new DC Steve Spagnuolo's 4-3 base than it did Ford, an OLB in the Chiefs' previous 3-4 alignment. Clark's fantasy outlook shouldn't change. Perhaps it will help that he joins a stronger D-line than the one he left. Seattle, meanwhile, should be in the market for DE help. And the Seahawks are well setup with picks 21 and 29 in a class loaded on EDGE prospects. The current roster sports 2018 rookie Rasheem Green, 4th-year DE Branden Jackson and recent 1-year signees Cassius Marsh and Nate Orchard as the top options. Green's the highest upside play for IDP owners among them.
The Seahawks are using their franchise tag on DE Frank Clark. The 25-year-old (until June) delivered a career-high 13 sacks and finished top-8 among fantasy D-linemen. He also finished 12th among all edge players in Pro Football Focus' pass-rushing productivity, which measures the rate of pressure per rush opportunity. Clark should remain in the DL1 picture for at least the near future.
Seahawks DT Jarran Reed and DE Frank Clark each sat out Thursday's practice after putting in limited workouts Wednesday. Clark's dealing with an elbow injury, while Reed has an oblique issue. Each appeared to arise in Monday night's win over the Vikings. We'll see if the Thursday absences are bad news or catch-up maintenance after Seattle played the late game in Week 14. Reed and Clark both look like starting options for IDP owners if they're healthy heading into the weekend.
Seahawks DE Frank Clark is active for today's game against the Rams. He dealt with an apparently nasty bout of food poisoning this week but appears ready to go. It's not a great spot for his IDP value anyway, and Clark tends to be a boom/bust, sack-reliant lineman.
Seahawks DE Frank Clark is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams because of what HC Pete Carroll called food poisoning during a Friday morning radio interview. We'll see if Clark's well enough to play Sunday.
Seahawks DE Frank Clark revealed this week that he broke bones in both hands during the 2017 season. He said he passed on in-season surgery, which would have required an 8-10 week recovery period. Instead, Clark had surgery this summer and is "working hard to get back in action," HC Pete Carroll told the Tacoma News Tribune. Clark leads a dramatically altered Seattle D-line in a significantly reshaped defense. We'll see how soon he can get back to full participation before judging the potential impact on his IDP outlook. The Seahawks defense doesn't look draftable in common-sized fantasy football leagues.
The Seahawks on Friday placed DE Cliff Avril on IR with the neck injury he suffered Oct. 1 against the Colts. The team reportedly doesn't know yet whether he'll be able to return after 8 games. Avril has been getting "numerous" opinions from doctors, according to multiple reports, and is likely contemplating his football future even beyond this season. IDP owners can go ahead and dump him for another option. Frank Clark will continue to replace Avril in the starting lineup.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said Monday that DE Cliff Avril will be out "a while" after suffering a neck injury Sunday night that is causing numbness down 1 of his arms. Frank Clark should see a spike in playing time as long as Avril is out and makes for a solid IDP option. Seattle will visit the Rams in Week 5 before a Week 6 bye.
Seahawks DE Frank Clark (wrist) is active for today's game against the Packers. He entered the weekend questionable. The matchup makes Clark a weak IDP option anyway.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Seahawks DE Michael Bennett will have surgery Monday to repair cartilage in his right knee. Bennett's expected to miss 2-3 weeks, which would at least cost him matchups with the Bills and Patriots. DE Frank Clark saw increased playing time at New Orleans on Sunday, delivering 6 tackles (3 solo) and a sack. You'll find Clark in this week's IDP Free Agent Focus.
The Seahawks have ruled DE Michael Bennett (knee) out for Sunday's game at New Orleans. Bennett suffered the injury back in Week 6 and sat out practice this week, but he started last week's game at Arizona and played 81 snaps. So this comes as a surprise. DE Frank Clark should see significantly more snaps in Bennett's absence, though the Saints matchup isn't great for sack upside. ESPN's Sheil Kapadia reports that Bennett will get his knee checked Monday for a cartilage issue that might require surgery. Seattle will also miss S Kam Chancellor (groin) this weekend for the 3rd straight game, leaving Kelcie McCray to start in his place again.
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