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The Seahawks traded Frank Clark to the Chiefs and Twitter reacted

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While rumors of a Frank Clark trade had been circulating for more than a month since the Seattle Seahawks applied the franchise tag to Clark in early March, the bombshell still shocked fans of not only the Hawks, but across the league as well when the team actually traded him on Tuesday.

As I’d noted in the comments section of an article at some point, any trade for Clark was likely to take place prior to the draft because of the fact that he had not signed the franchise tag tender. Since the tender remained unsigned, he was technically not under contract with the Hawks, and therefore could not be traded. Thus, any trade of Clark would require Clark to sign the tender, however, Clark had refused to sign the tender until he agreed to terms on a long-term deal.

Thus, in order for any trade of Clark to take place he would have needed to first agree to terms on a deal with the new team and then sign the franchise tender so that he would be under contract and could be traded. Getting that done in the ten minutes that teams have on the clock during the first round seems like a tall order, so the fact the trade took place in the days before the draft makes sense.

In any case, following the trade fans from across the league weighed in on Twitter. Here are just a few of the responses.