Amid a chaotic NFL offseason that has featured a famous person getting traded seemingly on daily basis, may DK Metcalf be next?
The Seahawks triggered a rebuild once they despatched Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson to the Broncos in alternate for a haul of draft picks. Metcalf, a second-round choose in 2019, is getting into the remaining yr of his rookie contract, and the crew has to decide on whether or not or to not lengthen him.
One would assume they might for a participant of his caliber, however contemplating how groups have unloaded the truck to amass extensive receivers this offseason (see: Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams), Metcalf could be an apparent commerce candidate in the event that they need to launch right into a full rebuild.
At the NFL homeowners conferences, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider maintained they had been in locking Metcalf up.
“We intend for him to be with us,” Carroll stated, per ESPN. “We’d love to figure that out. We’re in a normal kind of mode this time of the year. We’re not to that topic yet specifically because we’ve got so many other things going on. But we’d love to have him. There’s no way I could imagine playing without him.”
Schneider additionally stated that their “intent” was to signal Metcalf to a long-term deal. But proper now, their de facto beginning quarterback is Drew Lock. Expecting to compete in the loaded NFC West looks as if a tricky ask, even when the Seahawks go after Baker Mayfield.
Adams and Hill each set the marketplace for extensive receiver contracts, every of them commanding a mean worth of practically $30 million. Metcalf’s agent will seemingly need one thing near that, which is a tricky proposition for a rebuilding crew with no quarterback.
“It is what it is now, right?” Schneider stated of the rising worth for extensive receivers. “This is the market. So we’ll get to that when we get to it. But yeah there is a bit of, ‘whoa,’ but then you have to figure out: OK, well, where’s the cap going? What’s it going to look like? How do you build your team? We do that every day, we’re constantly moving stuff around.”
The Seahawks beforehand floated Tyler Lockett as a possible commerce piece, however Metcalf is 5 years youthful, and theoretically a crew wouldn’t have to increase him straight away. The Seahawks may have him play below the remaining yr of his rookie contract, however they threat shedding him for nothing in 2023 and solely reaping the advantages of his play in a season once they aren’t anticipated to contenders in their very own division.
It’s been a wild offseason and with the smoke round Metcalf beginning to collect, a commerce shouldn’t shock anybody at this level.