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Author: Jon Kuzma
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark had a monster season in Pete Carroll’s defense. He was one of the biggest reasons that the Seahawks defied the odds and made the playoffs. With 13 sacks nobody raised their value more than Clark and now he’s looking to cash in on that success in free agency. Based on the 3 year $22.5M dollar contract Trent Murphy signed with the Buffalo Bills last off-season. It feels like Clark will at least be north of the $10M dollars per year mark. That’s because Murphy has recorded 16.5 sacks in the last three years and Clark has recorded 32 sacks during that same span of time. That’s a lot of money for a team to shell out on one player but Clark has proven to be as good as advertised. And the Raiders are one franchise who are in the market for a top tier defender. Oakland had a league low of 13 sacks in 2018 and adding Clark will immediately improve that situation. Look you can’t win in the NFL if you can’t rush the passer. The quarterbacks in this league are too good and Jon Gruden really needs some help in that aspect of the game. Why not open up the checkbook and get an elite defender who can help the defense get off the field on third down? Clark is good against the run too and he knows how to set the edge. It’s going to take talent to get Oakland out of the jam they’ve been in and it also would set the tone going forward that the front office is going to be aggressive. You add a veteran like Clark and then use the draft to grab another guy like Ed Oliver. Suddenly they would be competitive on that side of the ball and it would result in a lot more wins in the future.
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Frank Clark had a monster season and now he’s going to cash in during free agency.