Seahawks franchise DE Frank Clark

  • Defensive end Frank Clark is staying with the Seattle Seahawks, who used the franchise tag for the first time since 2010.
Modified 05 Mar 2019, 05:00 IST
Frank Clark

The Seattle Seahawks placed the franchise tag on fourth-year defensive end Frank Clark.

In a defense that saw a lot of change last season, the Seahawks are finding some consistency in Clark.

The Seahawks are sticking Clark with a franchise tag which will give one of the most veteran players on the young defense another year in the Pacific Northwest and $17.128million to boot – unless the two parties agree to a long-term deal before July 15, the deadline for signing franchised players to multi-year extensions.

It is the first time Seattle have used the franchise tag since 2010.

Clark's rookie contract came to an end after the 2018 season where he had a team-high and career-best 13 sacks. His career total (35) is the 10th best in franchise history. 

Clark has tallied 32 sacks since 2016, the ninth-most in the NFL during that period.

"Frankie just turned 25, he's still a very young football player," head coach Pete Carroll said. "[He] made a huge step this year in terms of leadership, growth and maturity. It was so obvious. I was really proud of seeing that develop for Frank. He played great too.

"He's a very valuable football player and that's the process we're in the middle of and all that, I can't tell you guys how that's going to turn out, but it's going to be positive for the Seahawks and for Frank."

Published 05 Mar 2019, 05:00 IST
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