The NFL’s free agency frenzy is set to begin this week, and if the Chiefs hope to address their needs heading into the 2022 season, they’ll face some tough decisions first.
At the top of the list is cap space creation, which has increased to $208.2 million for the 2022 season.
For the Chiefs, the biggest question will be what to do with defensive end Frank Clark. Spotrac noted that Clark will have a salary cap of $26.3 million and his dead capital value is $12.9 million. That cap hit is incredible, as it represents 12.6% of the Chiefs’ overall salary cap.
It is clear that Clark’s contract will have to be restructured or he will be released.
But an ESPN senior NFL reporter said a third option remains possible: a trade.
“Sources said Kansas City’s Frank Clark is expected to be released, traded or have his contract restructured in the next few days,” ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported. “His salary cap of $26.3 million is untenable for the Chiefs. Keep an eye out for San Francisco as a potential option here. The 49ers will be looking for a speedster to help out Nick Bosa and Arik Armstead.”
Whether or not a trade happens, something will happen with Clark or his contract in the near future.
After the Browns traded for Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper on Saturday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Cleveland allowed wide receiver Jarvis Landry to find a business.
Yahoo Sports’ Jordan Schultz tweeted that Landry is on the Chiefs’ radar, as is Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Landry, 29, is a five-time Pro Bowl receiver and twice topped 1,000 receiving yards in a season.
ESPN’s Fowler said Landry and Brown are working to restructure your contract, but could also ask for their release. Spotrac numbers show Landry’s salary cap at nearly $16.4 million and a dead cap value of $1.5 million.