The news Seattle Seahawks fans may have been waiting for came on Monday when the team franchise tagged edge rusher, Frank Clark.
It is the first time the team have done so in nine years.
But what exactly does this mean? Well, it means quite a lot actually.
First of all Clark, 25, will remain a Seahawks player for the 2019 season unless he signs an offer sheet with another team – don’t do this to me, Clark.
With the tag, it now means Seattle will continue to work toward a long-term deal.
Seahawks can continue to negotiate with Clark, who is on the back of a 14-sack season, on a long-term contract until July 15 – good news all around.
What does this mean to Clark?
Here is the heart of the situation – Clark has not done a Le’Veon Bell or a DeMarcus Lawrence where he is mad about the tag – he’s thankful.
Certainly, we all would be if we were guaranteed a salary of $17.128 million, however, that is not what it is about.
It is well known Clark, nicknamed the Black Elvis, grew up in the Baldwin Village section of Los Angeles.
He has said as a boy he was sometimes homeless and hungry, his family then moved to Cleveland for a better life.
In 2014, Clark was kicked out of Michigan’s college programme after he was arrested and briefly jailed in a domestic-violence case.
Let’s not forget this case was heavily debated.
But here Clark is as he states “blessed and thankful”.
He does not have any animosity towards the team that made him their first pick in the 2015 draft.
They took a chance in the second round and it paid off for them and him.
Are Seattle in the driving seat?
Well yes and no. My point is in the summary below.
It makes sense for the Seahawks to find a way to sign Clark to a long-term deal.
It will likely lower his cap hit in 2019 – but it is the edge rusher who has the slight upper hand in the situation, although the team have used the tag.
A main point is, it’d make sure the franchise tag next season is freed up for quarterback Russell Wilson, who is entering the final year of his contract.
And finally who doesn’t want to see Clark flexing on a QB once again in blue and green? This is a rhetorical question FYI.