Jacksonville made a Jaguars kind of move on Monday and overpaid for receiver Christian Kirk. The problem is that the Seahawks have to pay DK Metcalf after 2022 and DK Metcalf’s asking price should have just gone up. And I mean, way up.
No one should argue that Christian Kirk is the receiver DK Metcalf is. Metcalf is better and it isn’t close. Kirk has been in the NFL for four years, played with what most people would assume is a good quarterback (Kyler Murray), but he has never had a 1,000-yard receiving season. His career-high for receiving touchdowns in a year is 6 in 2020. And his average yards per catch is 12.3.
Kirk isn’t a bad receiver but he isn’t great. What’s great is his agent who just talked the Jacksonville Jaguars into paying Kirk up to $84 million over four years. That is…ridiculous. But good for Kirk because he will now make generational wealth.
DK Metcalf is going to be a very rich man after the 2022 season
But compared to DK Metcalf Krik is a third-stringer who barely plays. Metcalf has played three years and played mostly for a quarterback (Russell Wilson) who is just slightly better than Murray.
Metcalf’s low season was 7 touchdown receptions which came in his rookie season of 2019. And Metcalf’s low season for yards per catch is 12.9 which came in 2021 and several of his games were played without Wilson or an injured Wilson. Metcalf also hasn’t had fewer than 900 yards receiving in a season but has a high of 1,303.
DK Metcalf next offseason is going to make a huge sum of money. And if the Seahawks are going to pay Metcalf beyond 2022 – and they should – then they will need to blame the Jaguars for being stupid.
Metcalf now needs to ask for at least $25 million a season and will likely ask for $28 million a season or more. DeAndre Hopkins is currently the highest-paid receiver in the NFL and averages $27.25 million a year. Hopkins is also 30 years old. DK Metcalf is 24 years old.
So while Seattle had a choice to pay Metcalf beyond next year and just how much to pay him, the Jaguars – possibly the worst franchise in the league – just made that decision tougher for the Seahawks. If Seattle is smart, they will try to work out an extension with Metcalf this offseason and not next because who knows when the Jaguars will make their next dumb move.