Broncos Steal Key Player From Division Rival Chiefs To Boost Defense

Frank Clark

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In a surprising move late in the free agency period, the Denver Broncos have made a significant addition to their roster by signing former Chiefs and Seahawks defensive end, Frank Clark.

The signing was first reported by theScore’s Jordan Schultz, Frank’s signing adds more fuel to the already intense rivalry between the Broncos and Chiefs.

The Broncos signed Clark to a one year deal worth up to $7.5 million, per ESPNs AdamSchefter, It includes $5.5 million guaranteed base salary.

Originally drafted by the Seahawks in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Clark quickly made his mark in the league. During his time with the Chiefs, he accumulated an impressive total of 35 sacks, showcasing his prowess as a pass rusher. However, Clark’s journey took an unexpected turn when he was traded to the Chiefs in the 2019 season.

During his tenure with the Chiefs, Clark experienced tremendous success. He earned three consecutive Pro Bowl selections from 2019 to 2021 and played a vital role in the Chiefs’ Super Bowl victories in the 2019 and 2022 seasons.

His ability to disrupt opposing offenses and consistently apply pressure to quarterbacks was instrumental in the Chiefs’ defensive success.

Now, with Clark’s arrival in Denver, the Broncos’ pass rush receives a significant boost. His experience, leadership, and proven ability to get to the quarterback make him a valuable addition to the team’s defensive arsenal.

Moreover, the prospect of facing his former team, the Chiefs, twice a year adds an intriguing twist to the already fierce rivalry between the two AFC West powerhouses.

With 72 career sacks, including those in the playoffs, Frank Clark has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the NFL. His 13.5 playoff sacks rank as the third-highest in NFL history, trailing only the legendary Bruce Smith of the Buffalo Bills (14.5) and Willie McGinest of the New England Patriots (16).

This accomplishment is a testament to Clark’s ability to elevate his game on the biggest stage and deliver impactful performances when it matters most.

While Clark previously played alongside Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the dynamic has now changed. Rather than aiding Mahomes in his pursuit of Super Bowl victories, Clark will be tasked with stopping him. The personal and competitive storyline between the two players adds an extra layer of excitement to their on-field battles.

The Broncos’ acquisition of Frank Clark sends a clear message to the league that they are determined to strengthen their defense and contend for championships.

Clark’s proven track record and ability to disrupt opposing offenses will undoubtedly make a significant impact on the team’s fortunes.