It was just under a year ago that Frank Clark was franchise tagged by the Seattle Seahawks, following a career year at just 25 years of age that set him up for a potential big score in free agency. Under the franchise tag, Clark had his ability to negotiate with other teams severely restricted, and in the end wound up traded to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 2019 first round pick, a 2020 second round pick and a swap of the team’s third round picks.
The details of the 2020 second were not known at the time of the trade, as the Chiefs held two second round picks. They had their own pick, and they also owned the 2020 second round pick of the San Francisco 49ers, which had been acquired by trading Dee Ford to the Niners. The terms of the trade between the Chiefs and Niners for Clark dictated that whichever of these two picks wound up the lower of the two would be the pick that the Hawks would receive.
So, of course, the Niners and Chiefs are now set to play in the Super Bowl, meaning the Chiefs hold both pick 2.63 and pick 2.64 in the upcoming draft. Regardless of which team wins, the Chiefs two picks in the second round will be the last two picks of the round, and Seattle will receive pick 64. That will allow for the compensation received in the Clark trade to be closed out, and for fans to know for certain what the Hawks got in exchange for Clark.
- Frank Clark and
- Seattle 2019 3rd round pick (DT Khalen Saunders: 1 sack, 22 tackles, 2 QB Hits)
- Kansas City 2019 1st round pick (DE L.J. Collier: 3 tackles)
- Kansas City 2019 3rd round pick (packaged with a 5th round pick and traded to Minnesota to move up to select LB Cody Barton: 17 tackles, 1 QB hit, 1 Fumble Recovery, 1 Pass Defensed)
- Kansas City/San Francisco 2nd round pick (Pick 2.64 in 2020 NFL Draft)
Obviously, the final details of the trade compensation won’t be known until the draft arrives in April and we all find out who the team selects with the pick in just thirteen weeks and three days.
That said, it’s likely both teams are satisfied with how the trade worked out, as it gave the Hawks the cap space to go after Jadeveon Clowney, while it has helped the Chiefs make the Super Bowl.