The Seattle Seahawks are reuniting with veteran defensive end Frank Clark, bringing him back to the team where he originally began his NFL career.
According to Seattle coach Pete Carroll, Clark is en route to the Pacific Northwest with the intention of signing with the Seahawks. The plan is for Clark to be available to play on Sunday when the Seahawks face the Cleveland Browns.
Carroll stated, “He understands the role we are asking him to play, and we believe the transition to fit into the outside linebacker position and participate in the 4-3 defensive scheme comes naturally to him. His experience is valuable, especially given the young group of players he’s currently with, so we hope everything will mesh well.”
Clark became a free agent after his release from Denver earlier this month. While it appeared that a reunion with the Kansas City Chiefs was a possibility, he ultimately chose to return to Seattle.
The Seahawks were in need after Uchenna Nwosu suffered a pectoral injury last Sunday against Arizona and was ruled out for the season. Carroll stated that Nwosu will have surgery for the injury.
Chris Jones, a Chiefs defensive tackle, said Wednesday that he hoped Clark would select Kansas City, but that “I’m hoping for what’s best for him and his career.”
Clark, 30, played four seasons in Seattle before being dealt to Kansas City prior of the 2019 season. Clark was set to play on the franchise tag that season, but was traded to the Chiefs in exchange for a first- and second-round draft selection.
Frank Clark, originally a second-round pick by Seattle in 2015, had his most impressive season in 2018 while with the Seahawks, achieving 13 sacks. During that season, Clark and his teammate Jarran Reed both tallied double-digit sacks, making them one of just three duos in the league to achieve such a feat.
Jarran Reed, who has since returned to the Seahawks, wasted no time in reaching out to Clark for a reunion after his tenure with Denver came to an end. Reed expressed his excitement about Clark’s return, stating, “I believe I’m the most enthusiastic person in the building about my friend coming back here.”
Clark will now be part of a rotation that includes Boye Mafe, Derick Hall, and Darrell Taylor, as they aim to compensate for the absence of Nwosu, who, while not matching his previous season’s sack statistics, played a crucial role in the Seahawks’ effective run-stopping defense. The Seahawks currently rank sixth in the league, allowing only 87.2 rushing yards per game.
Clark has also been outstanding in the playoffs. In 17 playoff games, Clark has 13 1/2 sacks.
“Frank grew up alongside us. It was a nice process to see him enter the league and mature into a young man, and we had him for a long time,” Carroll said.
“It’s rewarding, he goes and wins a world championship at a place and has a lot of success and does good stuff and then we get a chance to get him on the other end of his career to see if he can come help us out some.”