Three trade options for the Seahawks to help replace DK Metcalf

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Seahawks should go after Chase Claypool of the Steelers

If the Seahawks want a receiver who has DK Metcalf’s size, Claypool is the guy. He is 6’4″ and nearly 240 pounds but with some speed. He doesn’t really fit what the Steelers want to do offensively, however. But in Seattle, Claypool could be an excellent fit. He has the size to be a good blocker in the run game but the size to be a red-zone threat.

Claypool is also just 24 years old and his rookie contract isn’t up until the end of 2023. This means that Seattle would have Claypool, Metcalf and Lockett through at least the end of next season. Geno Smith is playing out of his mind currently and what better way to support him than to give him even more weapons? Plus, if Seattle chooses a quarterback high in the 2023 draft and that quarterback doesn’t play a lot until 2024 (assuming Geno is extended for at least another year) then that quarterback would have a wealth of talent surrounding him.

Lockett also isn’t getting any younger. He is still very good but he will turn 31 years old just after the start of next year and receivers get old fast, especially smaller and quicker ones. Assuming Claypool does decently well, Seattle could have a receiver combo of Metcalf and Claypool for quite a while.

Claypool, unlike Callaway, won’t come cheaply in terms of draft capital but Seattle has some built up for next year anyway. The Seahawks might need to give up a third-rounder this year and in 2024. Claypool was a second-round choice in 2020 and put up two-straight 860-plus-yard receiving seasons before this year. He’s capable of being a good WR2 but adding him to the mix of Metcalf and Lockett (and taking Metcalf’s spot immediately for a bit) would improve the offense for the foreseeable future.