The Seattle Seahawks and star receiver DK Metcalf have agreed to a $72 million three-year extension with a ridiculous amount of guaranteed money, and it could have been one of the three best moves the Seahawks have made all offseason.
First let’s go look at this from the perspective of the list. The Seahawks have plenty of talent at receiver, but not much in terms of proven production. Beyond Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, there’s plenty of speed and plenty of promise between guys like Marquise Goodwin, Dee Eskridge and Noah Fant, but barring an unexpected breakout, Metcalf is one of only two options. team reception that would ever justify a double team.
I’ve already spoken briefly about Drew Lock’s adjustment to Seattle, but it’s worth adding that Metcalf’s ability to grab the defense’s attention could really simplify things for Seattle’s offense — if he does. One thing that helps a fringe QB is having extra space on the court to work with, and Metcalf’s monstrous 6’4″ frame provides plenty of gravity to keep defenders out of midfield.
Deal done! : DK Metcalf signs extension with Seahawks
In terms of team building, this reinforces the Seahawks’ position that they don’t plan to tank for the capital draft anytime soon. And while that might strike a chord with those who would rather root for a team with a 2-15 record rather than a 7-10 record, it also makes sense with the roster Seattle currently presents.
Lockett turns 30 in September, their biggest defensive stars are all in their mid-20s except for 29-year-old Quandre Diggs, and they are starting to reinvest in the offensive line, after drafting two much-loved tackles in Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas.
With plenty of draft capital to work with over the next two years, they could easily find themselves looking at a very deep roster next season.
For Metcalf, the extension keeps him in Seattle until his 28th birthday, after which he will have the option of going into free agency. Three years gives him time to assess whether or not he believes in Seattle’s decision to retool rather than rebuild, and if the retooling runs out, it leads to him becoming a free agent in the midst of his theoretical peak. .
28-year-old wides with Metcalf’s tools don’t hit free agency very often, and when they do, they’re usually paid as generously as any non-QB on the market. Whether Seattle returns to the playoffs in this contract window or not, that lines up fantastically for Metcalf, who is expected to reset the WR market twice in the space of three years thanks to this deal.
The stage is now set for the Seahawks to return to the NFC big kid table. They have three years to reassert themselves as contenders, and if they don’t they will consider a full-scale rebuild, likely with new coaches and reception staff.