3 guys that could potentially replace the Shark.
The Kansas City Chiefs will face a player who helped them win two Super Bowls twice next season when they play the AFC West rival Denver Broncos as Frank Clark is signing a one-year deal worth up to $7.5 million to join head coach Sean Payton in Denver, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Compensation update: Broncos are giving former Chiefs’ pass rusher Frank Clark a one-year deal worth up to $7.5 million, per source. The deal includes a $5.5 million guaranteed base salary, $1 million in makeable incentives and another challenging $1 million in incentives. https://t.co/JbAgDZ6LbN
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 8, 2023
Having lost defensive star in Frank Clark, the Chiefs must now explore strategic moves to fortify their defense which could come via trade for players like Danielle Hunter, Vikings formidable pass rusher and Chase Young, Commanders star pass rusher who are both rumored to be in the trade market. There is another option with free agency which includes consider re-signing Carlos Dunlap to be that veteran presence among the EDGE rushers in the D-line room led by Joe Cullen.
With that in mind, here’s a look at three free agents the Chiefs must consider to replace Clark.
A journeyman throughout his career, Yannick Ngakoue was one of the bright spots in an otherwise ugly season for the Indianapolis Colts. The former Pro-Bowler finished the campaign with 9.5 sacks in 15 games, giving him 19.5 total over the last two seasons. Ngakoue also racked up 27 pressures, 10 hurries and five QB knockdowns while only missing 9.4% of tackles which is the lowest mark of his career. He missed the end of the campaign with a throat injury but should be good to go now. During the 2020 season, Ngakoue was coached by Cullen who was the Ravens DL coach. Cullen will find him favorable matchups and Ngakoue’s 21 forced fumbles in seven seasons is off the charts.
Yannick dropping gems to the next generation.
Pass Rusher to Pass Rusher. pic.twitter.com/VMbRL0qTlo
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) December 12, 2022
Jadeveon Clowney has voiced his criticism for the Browns organization, which has led to his exit from the team. The former No. 1 overall pick has struggled to stay healthy, but still possesses unique pass-rushing skills that can be enhanced under the right coaching staff. The three-time Pro-Bowler is coming off a quieter season where he amassed 28 tackles, three broken-up passes and two sacks in 12 games. Having said that, he still showed reliability by not missing a single tackle. After racking up nine sacks in 2021, there’s a chance that Clowney could bounce back working under Cullen’s tutelage.
Clowney creates so much havoc off the edge 😤
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) May 25, 2022
After recording 18.5 sacks in 2021, the Philadelphia Eagles thought they getting a difference maker when the Chicago Bears traded him ahead of this campaign’s trade deadline. Instead, Quinn missed four games due to injury down the stretch and wasn’t productive in the games he did play, recording just two tackles without a sack in six games (zero starts) with Philly. Even with those struggles, his resumé should still have suitors. Not only is some familiarity there between Spagnuolo and Quinn, but he was drafted by him back in 2011 when he was the head coach of the St. Louis Rams. If Quinn wants to get a ring and can’t get the money he expects after a weird 2022 season, a team-friendly deal with the Chiefs should work in his favor.
Robert Quinn with his 17th sack of the season! #DaBears
— NFL (@NFL) December 26, 2021