Clayton: Seahawks’ deal with Tyler Lockett shows they’ve made a 3-year commitment to contend

Mar 31, 2021, 2:59 PM

Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett...

Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett will be in Seattle through 2025 after a reported extension. (Getty)


Once again, the Seahawks stepped up big to show a strong commitment to their offense and their future.

Related: Report: Seahawks, Lockett agree to 4-year extension

They signed wide receiver Tyler Locket to what has been reported as a four-year, $69.2 million contract. Last week, they traded for guard Gabe Jackson and then signed him to a three-year, $22.5 million contract. Twice in the last week, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson sent out positive tweets about the moves. The Seahawks are indeed trying to give Wilson the talent on offense.

What’s interesting about these moves and others is that it looks as though the Seahawks are making a three-year commitment to stay a major Super Bowl contender. Prior to some of the more recent deals, the Seahawks had less than two dozen players under contract for 2022. Now they have more three-year deals in the works.

Lockett’s contract means that Lockett and DK Metcalf can be together as one of the best wide receiver duos in the NFL for at least three more years. Metcalf has two years left on his contract, and if he and the Seahawks can’t come to a long-term deal in 2022, Seattle can still keep him in 2023 by using the franchise tag.

By that time, the league’s new television contracts will go into the revenue base, the salary cap will go up significantly, and Metcalf will be in position to ask for more than $20 million a year. He was selected to the Pro Bowl last year and is one of the most talented receivers in football.

Getting Jackson to sign a three-year extension means the guard position is set for the next three years, as Damien Lewis has three years remaining on his rookie contract.

The new contracts for Lockett and Jackson should free up enough cap room for the Seahawks to see if they can re-sign linebacker K.J. Wright. They are still looking for a veteran cornerback, as well, and they will have cap room to sign one. Quinton Dunbar is visiting Detroit and Arizona next week but the Seahawks would like him back.

The Seahawks aren’t done in free agency.

Follow John Clayton on Twitter.

More from John: Hawks’ pass rush should be excellent despite losing Reed

The John Clayton Memorial Fund

Benefitting the Multiple Sclerosis Society

The Professor's Notes

John Clayton hosted a daily video breaking down the NFL

John Clayton

John Clayton Memorial Fund...

No Author

John Clayton Memorial Fund benefiting the Multiple Sclerosis Society

Seattle Sports and Bonneville International are honored to announce the “John Clayton Memorial Fund.” The John Clayton Memorial Fund will benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

2 years ago

Seahawks Russell Wilson, DK Metcalf...

John Clayton

Clayton: What’s next for Seahawks after kicking off ‘major’ rebuild

After some major moves, John Clayton breaks down what the next things to watch for with the Seahawks are heading into the new league year.

2 years ago

Seahawks Russell Wilson...

John Clayton

Clayton: Won’t be easy for Seahawks to replace Wilson after surprising trade

After a surprising trade he never thought would happen, John Clayton shares his immediate reaction to the Seahawks' trade of Russell Wilson.

2 years ago

Seahawks Action Green...

John Clayton

Clayton: Why you shouldn’t worry about salary cap with Seahawks this offseason

Seahawks fans and followers are worried about how they can re-sign players and stay under the salary cap. John Clayton says they shouldn't be.

2 years ago

Seahawks Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll...

John Clayton

Clayton: The big news from Seahawks, NFC West as combine begins

Wednesday was a big news day for the Seahawks and the NFC West. John Clayton breaks down what's going on in Seattle's division.

2 years ago

Seahawks Rashaad Penny Russell Wilson Chris Carson...

John Clayton

Clayton: How RBs in NFL Draft should help Seahawks this offseason

The Seahawks should be looking to bring Rashaad Penny back, but a loaded class of running backs is likely to help them in a few ways.

2 years ago

Clayton: Seahawks’ deal with Tyler Lockett shows they’ve made a 3-year commitment to contend