NFL 2022: Predicting one cap casualty for every team this offseason

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NFL 2022 Frank Clark #55 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

Kansas City Chiefs

Potential Cap Casualty: Frank Clark

The Chiefs are a talented team with few needs. It would seem like a mistake to cut a starter on their defense despite having enough cap space to work with this offseason, but Frank Clark is a player that hasn’t been elite despite being paid like it.

While a fine edge rusher, he hasn’t had a double-digit sack season since 2018. His best sack-line with the Chiefs was eight in 2019.

This upcoming draft is rich in pass-rushers, and while the Chiefs will be picking towards the end of each round, they can still land a talented pass rusher to replace Clark. It isn’t like he is playing on a bargain either. He is currently set to count for $26.3 million against the cap. The team can save $12.7 million of that by cutting him.

While it would create a hole on this defense, getting a more effective and younger pass-rusher would be the better move. Clark is replaceable at this point, as the impact he has on the field isn’t worth the money he is getting paid. The Chiefs would be smart to move on from him this offseason and make Clark a cut in the offseason.