The Denver Broncos had several weak spots in 2022 — what 5-12 team doesn’t? — and while most were on offense, the defense lacked the ability to consistently pressure the quarterback.
The Broncos ranked 24th in the NFL in sacks, and made addressing that issue one of their priorities this offseason.
They took a big step in that direction Wednesday, signing defensive end and pass-rushing specialist Frank Clark. Football insider Jordan Schultz first reported the news.
The 29-year-old Clark, a three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl champion with the Kansas City Chiefs, was released in March when he couldn’t come to terms on a restructured contract.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the deal is for one year and a base salary of $5.5 million, with incentives making it worth up to $7.5 million.
Clark has 58.5 career sacks in eight seasons, although he had only five in 2022. He also added 13 quarterback hits last season.
Schultz told The Pat McAfee Show Thursday he thinks it’s a great move by the Broncos.
“Obviously, this is a move that they make, knowing that … they’re going to have a really good offense and that Russell Wilson, who has lost significant weight, is going to deliver the goods with (new head coach) Sean Payton,” Schultz said. “Now you add to the defense, which traded away Bradley Chubb …
“You add in a Frank Clark, who has had really good success … and has had some postseason juice. So I like the move a lot and I think it will help them.”
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) June 8, 2023
NFL fans generally thought the Broncos made a good move.
sean payton is cooking
— andrew farmer (@andrewfarmer150) June 8, 2023
Best of luck to you (except for when you play KC) @TheRealFrankC_ thanks for all the memories. I’m never gonna forget those SB runs.
— SportsNut (@Timosabe112) June 8, 2023
Well, warning to Broncos fans, he’s frustrating in the regular season (takes plays off), but, well…you won’t have to worry about the playoffs.
— Jay (@Jay2Xwing) June 8, 2023
Nice depth piece for a team that is continuing to take steps in the right direction
— Patrick Sypher (@nohuddlenfl_) June 8, 2023
Wait, if he’s one of the best postseason defensive players, why did he sign with a team that has January & February off?
— zach hilker (@ZACHilker) June 8, 2023