Just like other NFL teams, the Kansas City Chiefs have commenced their mandatory minicamp.
For rookies and newly-signed free agents from other teams, it’s time to get themselves familiarized with the system they will be playing in.
Meanwhile, it’s a refresher course for veterans who will be returning for another tour of duty.
However, those who are putting pressure on the team regarding their contract negotiations opt to skip this part of the offseason.
Yes, doing so entails fines that compound with each day passing.
It isn’t tough to understand that everyone should be there because of the word “mandatory.”
But for the Chiefs, defensive end Frank Clark will be missing minicamp, not because he and the team aren’t seeing eye-to-eye.
Instead, Clark is set to witness the precious eyes of his newborn baby.
The #Chiefs have excused Pro Bowl DE Frank Clark from mini-camp, as he’s expecting the birth of his child any day.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 15, 2022
NFL Network national insider Ian Rapoport tweeted, “The #Chiefs have excused Pro Bowl DE Frank Clark from mini-camp, as he’s expecting the birth of his child any day.”
It will be his second child after his daughter Phoenix, who has been a fixture on his Instagram posts.
The three-time Pro Bowler will have additional motivation to sack the opposing team’s quarterback.
Financially, he should have no problems taking care of his child because he will earn as much as $30.1 million over the next two seasons.
His base salary in 2023 alone, should he opt-in, is $20.5 million.
Clark Must Keep The Momentum For The Chiefs Defense
He needs to raise his game even more because the Chiefs’ secondary is suspect.
Getting a push from the defensive line will help their cornerbacks and safeties defend what’s coming.
Clark has been a Pro Bowler in all of his seasons with the Chiefs.
However, improving from his 22 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles last season will keep them competitive.