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RENTON Jason Myers Jersey , Wash. (AP) — in the final season of his rookie contract, the Seattle Seahawks kept saying he would be part of their long-term plans.The Seahawks stayed true to that, but for now it’s just for the 2019 season. Seattle used the franchise tag Monday on Clark, keeping the former second-round pick and top pass rusher from hitting the free-agent market.Clark will be due $17,128,000 this season if the sides do not come to an agreement on a long-term deal by July 15 and he plays under the franchise tag. Both sides have indicated a desire to keep Clark in Seattle for more than just one more season.“Frank and I, we have a great relationship. The communication has been great. There’s a strong level of trust between the two of us,” general manager John Schneider said at the NFL combine last week.Clark proved his worth as an elite pass rusher with a career-high 13 sacks in 2018, the first season he didn’t have veterans Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril helping him get to the quarterback. They were the most sacks by any Seattle player since 2007 and put Clark in line for a massive payday should he hit the open market.But Seattle decided not to let that happen, using its franchise tag for the first time since 2010, when it was used on kicker Olindo Mare. Seattle used the non-exclusive franchise designation on Clark, meaning he could sign with another team but Seattle would get two first-round picks from his new team.The pressure on Clark last season was significant as the one proven pass rusher the Seahawks had coming off the edge. Clark had 19 sacks in the previous two seasons, but that was playing in a rotation with Bennett and Avril, with all three often rushing together in passing situations.Last year was the chance for Clark to prove he could handle being the focus. His performance made him a ton of money in 2019 and likely beyond. Clark and Jarran Reed made up one of three teammate duos to finish with double-digit sacks in 2018 David Moore Jersey , joining the Kansas City combo of Chris Jones and Dee Ford, and Denver’s Von Miller and Bradley Chubb.“It’s been marvelous to watch him grow. He’s grown within the program,” coach Pete Carroll said of Clark late last season. “How many years has he been here? Four? Yeah, so it’s like he’s a senior now and he’s acting like it. He’s embraced the opportunity and the role.”Clark was selected with the 63rd overall pick of the 2015 draft. He entered the NFL with a checkered past off the field during college at Michigan, but has so far not gotten into trouble as a professional. He’s played in 62 of 64 regular-season games in his four seasons.“He’s just grown up right before our eyes and he speaks so clearly about how it all works together,” Carroll said. It’s only December 30, so who knows what will actually at the happen at the 2019 NFL Draft in four months, but here’s what we do know: the Arizona Cardinals have the first overall pick for the first time in franchise history. Coming directly after them are the San Francisco 49ers, who own the second overall pick for the second time in three years.So yeah, the Seattle Seahawks might have a little bit more young talent to have to deal with next year and beyond.The Seahawks beat the Cardinals on Sunday, guaranteeing them the top pick. They picked quarterback Josh Rosen 10th overall last year and haven’t used a top-9 selection since taking guard Jonathan Cooper seventh overall in 2013, a move that did not work out. Their last top-five pick was cornerback Patrick Peterson at fifth overall in 2011. That’s gone very well. Arizona had a chance at the number one pick in 2003, but beat the Minnesota Vikings in a Week 17 thriller and ended up choosing third instead, which is where they found Larry Fitzgerald. The future Hall of Fame receiver of course was still suiting up for the Cards this week.Remarkable. Will they find a similar player next year?Impossible to know right now Marquise Blair Jersey , or if they’ll stay put at number one. If a great QB prospect steps up, like Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, a team might try to trade up knowing that Arizona is still developing Rosen. If not, Hawkin’s teammate Nick Bosa, a pass rusher and the brother of LA Chargers’ defensive end Joey Bosa, is considered the consensus top overall prospect right now. Which could still change, as we’ve seen happen many times before.If a team does trade up and select a QB, does that mean that Bosa won’t get into the NFC West? Not likely, as the 49ers could be waiting to catch him at two. San Francisco had the second overall pick in 2017, but traded down with the Chicago Bears rather than picking quarterbacks Mitchell Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes, or Deshaun Watson. Instead they took defensive end Solomon Thomas. Despite taking a defensive lineman in the first round in three of the last four years, I imagine that San Francisco wouldn’t hesitate to do it again if he was the best player on the board.After all, Thomas and teammate Arik Armstead have not panned out like DeForest Buckner has Marquise Blair Seattle Seahawks Jersey , and Bosa could transform their 4-3 defense that was among the NFL’s worst this season.Either way, it’s a defense-heavy class. Other front-seven players considered for the top-five seem to be Alabama’s Quinnen Williams, Auburn’s Derrick Brown, Clemson’s Clelin Farrell, Kentucky’s Josh Allen, LSU’s Devin White, Michigan’s Rashan Gary, and who knows who else will emerge or disappear honestly. The Cards also have maybe the worst offensive line in the NFL, so trading down and targeting a tackle like Alabama’s Jonah Williams is a possibility.The 49ers could also look at a cornerback like LSU’s Greedy Williams. There’s a lot of time left to decide, but those are the top two teams right now. The Seahawks and LA Rams won’t know until their playoff runs are over, and that’s a much sweeter reward today.Full Order


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