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.
Seahawks agreed to trade their franchise player, DE Frank Clark, to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 2019 first-round pick, a 2020 second-round pick and an exchange of third-round picks this year, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 23, 2019
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.
Frank Clark and Chiefs now will finalize their long-term deal. Chiefs have two second-round picks in 2020 - theirs and the one they acquired from SF for Dee Ford. They will retain the better of the 2’s, and the lower one will go to Seattle as part of the trade for Frank Clark.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 23, 2019
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.
Chiefs and Frank Clark reached agreement on a 5 yrs, $105.5 million contract - greater total than DeMarcus Lawrence, with $63.5 million guaranteed, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 23, 2019
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.
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.