Will the Bills look to add the Seattle pass rusher this off-season?
The Antonio Brown deal may have fallen through, but that won’t stop Brandon Beane from looking to hit home runs this off-season to improve the Buffalo Bills roster. Reports over the past couple days have the Bills linked to defensive end Frank Clark.
The Seattle Seahawks prevented Clark from hitting free agency by placing the franchise tag on him. By doing so, Seattle secured the pass rusher for one year as the two sides continue to work on a new contract.
If the Seahawks are unable to sign him long term or trade him, Clark would be guaranteed $18,683,000 next season.
Last year was a strange year for players who had the franchise tag placed on them.
Le’veon Bell sat out the entire 2018 season after he was unable to work out a long-term deal in Pittsburgh.
The Miami Dolphins franchise tagged Jarvis Landry only to trade him to the Cleveland Browns shortly after.
Thus, recent history suggests Seattle trading Clark even on the franchise tag is indeed a possibility.
Let’s take a look at what Clark would bring to Buffalo if acquired.
The 25-year-old defensive end had the best year of his carer in 2018 as he racked up 42 total tackles, made three sacks, had 27 quarterback hits, forced three fumbles and even grabbed an interception.
When looking at Buffalo’s current options at defensive end, Clark would surely be an upgrade.
Even though the Bills defense ranked near the top of the NFL in 2018, they struggled to get to the quarterback as they finished 26th in the league in stats.
Over the past three seasons, Clark produced 32 sacks and made 66 quarterback hits. This ranks among the NFL’s most elite players. Khalil Mack, widely known as the NFL’s top pass rushers, had 34 sacks and 66 quarterback hits in the same three-year span.
Ultimately making a trade for Clark work would depend on what the Bills have to give up. If the team can make a deal happen, it would be a game changer.
Clark would bring a much-needed pass rusher to Buffalo and help round up an up and coming Bills defense.