Don’t let DK Metcalf go
I have seen a few articles on the interwebs already discussing the possibility of trading DK Metcalf. I know I have written some stupid things and I will continue to write stupid things but trading or not extending Metcalf is dumb.
Maybe the argument is trading Metcalf for a top-five first round choice? That isn’t going to happen. Receivers don’t normally go in the top-five anyway so a team trading for a player and giving up a top-five pick basically means that player has the value of the pick, right? Maybe giving up a top-five choice for a good quarterback or a great edge rusher is a possibility. But a receiver? No way.
The other argument for trading Metcalf is that he will be really costly in a few years. Metcalf currently has one year left on his rookie deal and could be a free agent after the 2022 season. There is no doubt that Metcalf is going to get paid a lot of money beginning in 2023 and he deserves it. But the Seahawks have a lot of cap space not only this offseason but definitely even more in 2023 because Bobby Wagner will definitely not be taking up $20 million of cap space.
Heck, trade Wagner’s salary for Metcalf’s and you’re set. The salary cap overall is only going to keep going up expanding cap space even more. Seattle can afford Metcalf and needs to find the money to keep him.
But DK Metcalf is the type of player a team builds its offense around and should be good for many more seasons. Not extending him – or worse, trading him – needs idiotic. Teams count themselves lucky when a player turns out to be as good as Metcalf and taking a chance that he is fairly easy to replace is the reason coaches and general managers get fired.