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Frank Clark blockbuster makes 49ers' Dee Ford trade look even better

Frank Clark blockbuster makes 49ers' Dee Ford trade look even better

With the 2019 NFL Draft beginning on Thursday, you're bound to see some trades over the next several days.

That process has already begun, as the Seahawks and Chiefs reportedly have agreed to a blockbuster trade that will send defensive end Frank Clark to Kansas City.

The Chiefs previously traded edge rusher Dee Ford to the 49ers at the start of the offseason for a 2020 second-round pick, which may ultimately end up with the Seahawks depending on how the teams fare in the upcoming season.

The price the 49ers had to pay to acquire Ford suddenly seems significantly cheaper compared to the reported package Kansas City will send Seattle's direction. Both Ford and Clark tied for seventh in the NFL with 13.0 sacks last season, and while Ford will be two years older than Clark at the start of training camp, a first-round pick is a hefty price to pay for that difference -- particularly so when you consider Clark's reported massive contract extension.

There's another 49ers angle to this reported trade, and it's not one most San Francisco fans will enjoy. That's quite a haul Seattle got for a great player, but not one who was going to expedite the Seahawks' turnaround. They just made Russell Wilson the highest paid player in NFL history, and with the draft picks they are receiving in exchange for Clark, they can better fill out their roster with talented, cheap, young players.

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So, if you're a 49ers fan, you're not liking this trade on paper. It should make you feel even better about the trade for Ford, though, and with San Francisco still holding the No. 2 overall pick on Thursday, some more good news could be on its way soon.

NFL rumors: Russell Wilson, Seahawks agree to four-year, $140M contract

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NFL rumors: Russell Wilson, Seahawks agree to four-year, $140M contract

Right at the Monday night deadline that Russell Wilson set, he reportedly came to a contract agreement with the Seatle Seahawks, making him the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL. 

That fleeting moment where 49ers fans thought Wilson could be traded out of the division was just that. The team will face him for at least five more seasons, as there's reportedly a no-trade clause included in the contract.

Wilson announced the agreement on his social media account, with a video simply stating the deal had been reached.

Shortly after Wilson dropped the video, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the details of the four-year, $140 million agreement that includes a $65 million signing bonus.

Wilson will be under contract through the 2023 season, making an average of $35 million per year. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ four-year contract now becomes the second highest at $33.5 million per year. 

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The 49ers have appeared to improve their pass rush with the addition of Dee Ford. Adding another strong edge rusher with the second overall pick in next week's NFL draft will remain a priority, as the team will face quarterbacks such as Wilson for a long time to come.

George Kittle believes 49ers have answer for anything NFC West could bring

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George Kittle believes 49ers have answer for anything NFC West could bring


George Kittle has just laid down the gauntlet for the 49ers' NFC West opponents during Friday's edition of NFL Network’s show "Good Morning Football."

When he was asked about each team in the division, the star tight end responded with a weapon the 49ers possess to counter their opponents current and, in the Arizona Cardinals' case, potential future strengths.

Kittle’s answer for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was Richard Sherman. DeForest Buckner was his counter for the defending NFC champion Rams, and head coach Kyle Shanahan was his retort for a potential Kyler Murray-led Cardinals offense.

“The glass is always overflowing,” is Kittle’s life motto and his standout sophomore season is evidence. He broke the NFL single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end with 1,377 yards. 

Kittle has been chronicling his offseason workouts on his social media and is ready to enter the 2019 offseason full steam ahead. 

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Other teams may make these statements bulletin board fodder, but honestly, that’s just Kittle’s personality. He’s apparently not scared of anything that an NFC West team is bringing to the table, nor any other organization in the league. 

Kittle’s confidence and enthusiasm are contagious which is likely why he was voted a team captain by his teammates in just his second season.