Veteran defensive end Frank Clark, who the Kansas City Chiefs released on March 7 in a cap-saving maneuver, took to Twitter on March 12 to send one final message to his Chiefs teammates.
“I reminded my dogs the night before the big game that this would be the last time we ALL shared a room together,” Clark wrote. “Coach Reid is like a pops and Chris [Jones] and Khalen [Saunders] we locked in. Remember no matter what, be a stand up guy about everything and don’t let this shit trick you out success.”
I reminded my dogs the night before the big game that this would be the last time we ALL shared a room together. Coach Reid is like a pops and Chris and Khalen we locked in. Remember no matter what, be a stand up guy about everything and don’t let this shit trick you out success. pic.twitter.com/gVZthLJ40W
— Frank Clark (@TheRealFrankC_) March 13, 2023
Chiefs Saved $21 Million By Releasing Frank Clark
The news of Frank Clark’s expected release came after the Chiefs and Clark’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, were unable to find common ground for a restructured deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Prior to being released, Clark, 29, had a $28.6 million cap hit for the 2023 season, which was going to be the second-largest cap hit on Kansas City’s roster, per Over The Cap. Restructuring his deal would have helped the defending Super Bowl champions free up quite a bit of cap space, which they then could have used to acquire talent this offseason.
Releasing Clark saved Kansas City $21 million towards the cap, per OTC.
James Palmer of NFL Media revealed that the chance does exist that Clark could be released and then re-sign with the Chiefs due to Clark’s “special” relationship with head coach Andy Reid. But as it stands, Clark’s stint with Kansas City is coming to an end after four seasons.
During the 2022 regular season, Clark registered a total of 45 pressures (30 QB hurries, 9 QB hits, 6 sacks) in 15 games played, which is the third-lowest total of his eight-year career, according to PFF. He also had 8 tackles for loss, 1 safety, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery.
Clark did rise to the occasion during Kansas City’s Super Bowl run, however. In …read more