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Seahawks GM says it will be ‘challenging’ to keep three key players long-term

Frank Clark

The Seattle Seahawks are facing a salary cap crunch, and it is likely going to lead to the departure of a key player.

The Seahawks have three key members of their defense facing potentially difficult contract negotiations in the near future. Linebacker Bobby Wagner is entering the final year of his deal, defensive lineman Frank Clark is refusing to report until he has a long-term agreement, and defensive tackle Jarran Reed is in the final year of his rookie deal. Things are made even tougher by the fact that Russell Wilson’s new long-term deal removed some cap flexibility.

In other words, GM John Schneider has some tough decisions to make. On Monday, he admitted that it would be a very difficult task to keep all three players long-term.

At the moment, Clark seems available for trade and most likely to move. As the only player who is currently refusing to report as a result of being franchise tagged, it makes some sense, but it’s hard to imagine the offseason passing without one of the three departing Seattle.

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