Don’t trade DK Metcalf but do trade Tyler Lockett? What am I smoking, right? Well, nothing. There are several reasons to keep Metcalf over Lockett. But Lockett also has value on the trade market and at worst would bring back a second-round pick. Lockett is good enough and has been productive enough to possibly entice a team into giving Seattle a first-round choice in return.
Metcalf is 24 years old. Lockett will turn 29 years old early in the 2022 season. Lockett is also a lot smaller than Metcalf but takes as much punishment. Lockett is a great player and a great person but he also has a lot of trade value, especially in the current climate for adding receivers. Imagine Lockett with the Chiefs, for instance.
The only issue for the Seahawks and Lockett is that his cap hit goes to $24.950 million beginning in 2024. He is signed through 2025. In 2025, Lockett will be 32 years old and that is getting long in the tooth for a receiver of Lockett’s size and skillset.
To be honest, Lockett is such a good person and good in the community that losing him would be all the more painful for that. He is a fantastic receiver but NFL players have a short shelflife while great humans don’t. I’d love to keep Lockett but it might make more sense to trade him right now.