With the offseason about to hit full swing following the final game of the NFL season Sunday when the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots face off at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta in Super Bowl LIII, the start of free agency is just six weeks from today. The Seattle Seahawks have several key members slated to be free agents, including Earl Thomas, K.J. Wright, Justin Coleman, forty percent of the offensive line and a host of others. However, no other Seahawks free agent is likely to command as much money as defensive end Frank Clark.
Clark, of course, is coming off a career best season in which he recorded a team high thirteen sacks, and as I have noted in the past, his production through this point in his career puts him in the company of names that are noted for their ability to get to the quarterback. That, of course, brings up the question as to how much Clark could get paid if he either signs an extension with the Seahawks or were to be allowed to hit free agency.
That is a topic that has been covered not just by myself, but by numerous others as well, and there is a general agreement that he likely could get $20M or more on the open market. That leads into whether or not he would afford the Seahawks a home town discount to stay in Seattle going forward. I’ve noted in the past that his agent has no qualms about hitting free agency, and that my inclination was to believe that Clark likely would not be willing to sign any contract with a home town discount.
And following a tweet by Clark late last night, my guess is that a discount is off the table.
Hopefully Clark signs a huge contract, either as a free agent or an extension with the Hawks and makes me look smart, as I’ve been positing for months that he could strike it big. Obviously I’d love to be able to continue to root for Clark to smash opposing quarterbacks in future season, but if it is not meant to be, then it’s not meant to be.