According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Kansas City Chiefs are the “most likely scenario” for Frank Clark in free agency. After only two appearances with the Denver Broncos, the veteran edge defender was formally dismissed on October 14. This paved the way for a possible reunion with Kansas City, on which head coach Andy Reid was asked to remark on October 16.
“Like I mentioned before, we love Frank,” Reid replied ahead of Week 7. “Right now, we’re just talking through some things there.” “There are a few things you have to look at when you do that,” he explained. “That’s kind of where we’re at. We haven’t done anything to this point.”
Dianna Russini of The Athletic stated on October 14 that “the Chiefs are having a discussion and are interested in reuniting with [Clark].” If Reid is being genuine, the last phrase of his statement — we haven’t done anything to this point — practically refutes that. Unless, of course, the conversations have stayed within the confines of the internal procedure.
But, if that’s the case, are the Chiefs truly “interested in reuniting” with Clark? Given the rise of George Karlaftis and Mike Danna over the last two seasons — as well as the return of Charles Omenihu in Week 7 — it’s a reasonable question. That’s before you even consider the progress of 2023 first-round pick Felix Anudike-Uzomah.
During another episode of his weekly essay, “Let’s Argue,” Arrowhead Pride analyst Mark Gunnels weighed in on Clark. “Don’t bring Frank Clark back,” the fan urged emphatically.
Gunnels’ reply read: “Around Chiefs Kingdom, this is definitely an unpopular opinion. But I can see where Tristan is coming from. Clark has only played in two games this year — and aside from two tackles, his stat sheet is filled with a lot of donuts.”
“Nonetheless, we know Clark will crank it up in the playoffs,” he continued, “there’s a reason he’s third all-time in playoff sacks with 13.5.”
Finally, Gunnels concluded that “even if Clark has hit the wall, bringing him back to Kansas City isn’t just about on-field production. It’s about the leadership and swagger he brings to the locker room.” The analyst added that it would also “make Chris Jones happy,” and that’s something that the Chiefs should take into consideration.