What Seattle Seahawks should do with DK Metcalf this offseason
By Lee Vowell
The Seattle Seahawks are either rebuilding or re-tooling depending on who you ask but a trade of DK Metcalf would definitely mean the former. Yet, Seattle should probably entertain the idea based on recent events.
Let me recount this week. Tyreek Hill basically forced his way out of Kansas City and was traded to the Miami Dolphins. The Chiefs got back a bunch of picks and Miami signed Hill to a 4-year, $120 million contract with the Miami Dolphins, including a $25.5 million signing bonus, $72.2 million guaranteed with an average annual salary of $30 million. $30 million.
Davante Adams didn’t want to play with Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay and forced his way into a trade to the Raiders and the Packers got back a first-rounder in 2022 and a second-rounder this year as well. Adams then signed a deal with Las Vegas for five years and $140 million, including a $19.25 million signing bonus, $65.67 million of which is guaranteed with an average annual salary of $28 million.
Seahawks shouldn’t send DK Metcalf anywhere and need to extend him
$28 million a season is where DK Metcalf’s agent should start the negotiation with the Seahawks for an extension. Adams is 29 years old. Hill is 28. Metcalf is 24. In other words, if Metcalf had just signed a deal like Adams when that deal was done he would only be the age Adams is right now.
But if you are Seahawks general manager John Schneider and you see what Green Bay and Kansas City got back in draft capital for two receivers at least four years older than Metcalf then you have to think how you could really stock up with high picks the next couple of years.
With a trade of Metcalf, Seattle could add at least one first-round pick in 2022 and 2023. This means Seattle could have two first-round choices this year and three first-round picks in 2023. If you truly want to rebuild a team, that is a good way.
Metcalf, though, is a great player and seems like a good due off the field. He will be one of the faces of the franchise and could be for years. At some point, a team needs to be thankful for the talent, especially young talent, it already has on the team and keep it. Why replace Metcalf and try to find another Metcalf when you already have, um…Metcalf?
DK Metcalf shouldn’t be going anywhere. He is rightfully going to be expensive to sign to an extension, especially with other receivers getting paid so much, but NFL teams should build around talents like Metcalf, not let them go. Seattle needs to extend Metcalf now and now wait for any offseason drama next year to build or for a more expensive receiver contract to be signed by a receiver not of Metcalf’s quality.