Five potential landing spots for Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf in 2025

Metcalf is going to be a Seattle receiver through 2024. Next year could be a different story, though.
DK Metcalf of the Seattle Seahawks
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Jim Harbaugh could use DK Metcalf with the Los Angeles Chargers

DK Metcalf to Los Angeles makes sense. He has the personality for the city and would be a dream player for the Chargers to help sell the team to fans. Los Angeles already seemingly has a good long-term quarterback in Justin Herbert but they need to get him some help. The team also heavily invested in bringing Jim Harbaugh to Los Angeles to coach the team and he needs someone like Metcalf, too.

LA is hoping 2023 first-round draft choice Quentin Johnson is not a bust, but he certainly was not good in his rookie season. He has the same kind of frame as Metcalf so acquiring the Seahawks receiver might mean he helps Johnson find his way as well. If that happens, the Chargers have two huge receivers with speed which would be a nightmare for any team they play.

As opposed to this offseason, the Chargers have cap room in 2025. Currently, they are projected to have $42,926,221. Maybe LA wants to rebuild so quickly that they give Seattle a first-round pick in 2025 and another first-round selection in 2026.

Carolina Panthers need Metcalf to help Bryce Young

Metcalf to the Panthers makes sense for several reasons. One is that the team has to make Young into a good quarterback but Carolina's receiving group is fairly suspect in 2024. Metcalf immediately becomes the alpha and gives Young a break-glass option in case of emergency. As bad as the Panthers offensive line is still likely to be in 2024, Young will still be seeing a lot of emergency situations in 2025.

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Metcalf will also have a natural rapport with Carolina's new head coach, Dave Canales. Canales was the Seahawks' passing game coordinator as recently as 2022 and was with the team beginning in 2010. The receiver will have worked with the coach every season of his career except for the last two by 2025.

Carolina might want to jumpstart their rebuild as well. Possibly Seattle will get Carolina's first- and second-round selections in the 2025 draft. Or at least a first-rounder next year and a second-rounder in 2026. If Metcalf is going to make Young better, paying a high price is worth it for Carolina.

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