After trading for the 25-year-old edge rusher from Seattle, the Chiefs quickly locked Clark up long term. Per Adam Schefter, the deal is for five years and is worth $105.5 million total with $63.5 million guaranteed.
Chiefs and Frank Clark reached agreement on a 5 yrs, $105.5 million contract - greater total than DeMarcus Lawrence, with $63.5 million guaranteed, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 23, 2019
The Chiefs not only signed Clark to a massive deal, they also paid a pretty penny to get him from the Seahawks. Kansas City sent Seattle a 2019 first-round pick, a 2020 second-round pick and a swap of third-round picks in 2019.
BREAKING: The @Seahawks are trading DE Frank Clark to the @Chiefs in exchange for a 2019 first-round pick, a 2020 second-round pick and a swap of mid-round picks.— NFL (@NFL) April 23, 2019
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That's a lot to give up for someone with as small a sample size as Clark. He certainly has the potential to be a perennial Pro Bowler, but usually a player has to make multiple pro bowls and start 16 games in a season more than once to get this type of deal.
After failing to re-sign Dee Ford and shipping him to San Fran, the Chiefs were in need of another pass rusher. They may have had to give up a king's ransom to get him, but they believe they found Ford's replacement in Frank Clark.