Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark

Kansas City Chiefs restructure Frank Clark’s contract to get under cap

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By Mike Brez March 18, 2020 0 Comment
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The Kansas City Chiefs moved money around in Frank Clark’s contract to free up room in 2020. The restructure will put Kansas City back under the cap.

The Kansas City Chiefs were able to get back under the new salary cap number for 2020 of $198.2 million. According to Terez Paylor of Yahoo Sports, the Chiefs converted some of Frank Clark‘s salary to a signing bonus. Kansas City converted $5 million of Clark’s base salary in 2020 to a bonus which drops him to $17 million against the cap. By adjusting Clark’s deal and cutting Cam Erving, the Chiefs were able to get under the cap before the start of the new league year.

Frank Clark was acquired last offseason via trade with the Seattle Seahawks. He signed a lucrative deal with the Chiefs worth $104 million over five seasons. Fans had their reservations surrounding the trade and contract after the team moved on from Justin Houston and Dee Ford. Frank Clark struggled with injuries during the first half of 2019, but he had a significant impact down the final stretch.

There is still plenty of work to be done for general manager Brett Veach. While the moves to get them under the cap meet the NFL deadline, the organization still has decisions to make regarding contracts. Defensive tackle Chris Jones wants a long-term deal, which has been a major discussion since last offseason. Sammy Watkins is now the highest player against the cap in 2020, with a $22.7 million cap hit.

Little news has come from the Chiefs organization regarding either contracts. It’s hard to imagine Kansas City keeping Watkins in 2020 without a pay cut. While Veach mentioned at the combine that they want to keep Watkins in Kansas City for 2020, we haven’t seen anything change regarding his contract. If Watkins were cut, the Chiefs would save $14 million against the cap in 2020.

There are other options the team could explore to free up space in 2020 as well. Players like right guard Laurant Duvernay-Tardif is set to make $9 million in 2020 but could be cut saving $5 million. Backup safety Daniel Sorensen could be cut to save $3.75 million. While Sorensen played a vital role by filling in for injured rookie Juan Thornhill during the post-season, his $4.75 million cap hit for a backup is not something Kansas City can afford. With several holes to fill before the start of the regular season, Veach has some tough decisions to make.

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