The Seahawks’ statement that they’ve labeled Clark specifies that it’s the label expected. It indicates Clark is free to negotiate with other teams. Seattle would qualify to two first-round selections out of one different team When he were to sign an offer sheet which the Seahawks declined to fit. Yet, such a steep price would preclude yet another team especially in a draft that’s considered rich.
The Seahawks had until Tuesday to label Clark and thereby keep him from hitting on free service, where he would have already been one of the most enviable available players after the best season of his own career.
The one-year franchise label is worth $17.128 million for defensive ends. That is a slight decrease from the $17.143 million label number for the standing in 2018 but a gigantic raise from the $944,000 which Clark earned in base salary last season, which had been the last year of the newcomer contract he signed up as a second-round pick in 2015. The Seahawks and Clark have until the July 15 deadline to work out a deal which would replace the franchise label. If not, an extension would need to wait until after Seattle’s final match.
Director John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll reiterated in the NFL scouting combine on having Clark back in 2019, that were indications that they would utilize the franchise tag if necessary that the Seahawks proposed. Free safety Earl Thomas along with linebacker K.J. Wright are just two of 14 Seattle players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents, though teams may utilize the franchise tag only once per season and the Seahawks weren’t expected to label either.
Clark, who turns 26 in June, led the Seahawks with 13 sacks and also had four forced fumbles and an interception last season.
Carroll answered in the positive, when asked if getting a deal finished using Clark is important. “Frank merely turned, he is 25, he is still a very young football player. He even made a measure in terms of just growth and his direction and also his maturity is therefore obvious. I was very pleased of visiting that develop from Frank. He played great. Frank, he is a valuable football player. That is a process that we’re in the center of and that of course, as you guys know and all that. I can’t let you know how it’s going to turn out, but it’s going to be more positive for the Seahawks and for Frank.”
Erik Burkhardt, clark’s agent, told ESPN in October the Clark is ready to await the deal, even when this means playing the franchise label. Both Burkhardt and Carroll explained both sides were bargaining in earnest for a little while.
Clark’s 32 sacks because the start of the 2016 season are ninth-most at the NFL in that span, supporting Chandler Jones (41), Aaron Donald (39.5), Von Miller (38), Ryan Kerrigan (3-7 ), Khalil Mack (34), Danielle Hunter (34), Calais Campbell (33) and Cameron Jordan (32.5).
One of that group, Clark’s slides in that same period are the least, accordingto ESPN charting. He played behind Michael Bennett along with Cliff Avril throughout his first two-plus seasons before becoming a rookie in 2017 after Avril injured his throat.
Mack sits atop the pass-rusher cover scale after registering a deal a year which averages $23.5 million. Jadeveon Clowney (24.5 sacks), the first overall pick in 2014, is in line for a significant money back this off season after playing on a fifth-year option.
Throughout his October conversation with ESPN, Burkhardt described his previous conversations together with the Seahawks as both”positive and productive,” but he said there would be no point in registering up a deal ancient considering the fact that Clark took a loss-of-value insurance policy and that the market to get pass-rushers is continuing to rise.
“Clearly players desire a more lasting bargain because of this match is violent and dangerous and what else, but I will keep to bet in my guy” Burkhardt stated. “You look at a man like Kirk Cousins who played the franchise out label, that’s not really all bad, either. He did that because he knows quarterbacks can’t be usually found by teams in free service and also believed in himself. Even the market is the exact same in that aspect. It’s demand and supply.
“Frank and I’m not scared of the franchise label. That is going to come in at roughly $18 million to get a deal that is D-end to a yearlong. It’s what Ansah and Lawrence have done. They get that value for one year, and 12 months later will obtain their deal. That is winning”
Kicker Olindo Mare was the Seahawks player to get Schneider and Carroll the franchise label, in 2010 — the season in Seattle.