Player no. 4: Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett
Tyler Lockett is an all-time great for the Seahawks. If he has an even mediocre season in 2023, he will likely move up to number two on Seattle’s list of career receiving yards and catches. He is already number two in touchdown receptions. Lockett is never going to become number one in those categories because Steve Largent sits atop those and he is only of the best receivers in NFL history. Lockett is great but he isn’t Largent-great; Few are.
Still, Lockett will be 31 years old near the beginning of the 2023 season and he plays a position where players of smaller stature don’t hold up as long as bigger ones. Heck, even bigger receivers like Julio Jones start to diminish fairly quickly after 30 years old. Still, Lockett is in the midst of the prime years of his career with four straight seasons of over 1,000 yards receiving and 8 or more touchdown receptions in five straight years.
The issue as far as Lockett’s contract is that he is signed through 2025 when he will be 33 years old at the end of it. That’s kind of old for a receiver. But Lockett’s cap hit continues to increase after 2022. In 2023, his cap hit is $16,750,000 and in both 2024 and 2025, his cap hit is $23,950,000. That’s a lot of money.
Lockett has always defied expectations to some degree. He came into the league and was thought of more as a returner than a receiver and has become a great wideout. But in 2025, his dead cap is just $7,050,000 and the Seahawks would save almost $17 million by releasing him. it would be tough to see him go, of course, but it’s even tougher for a player to fight Father Time.