Heaps: How blockbuster WR trade impacts Seahawks, DK Metcalf

Mar 21, 2022, 11:40 AM

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Seahawks WR DK Metcalf celebrates a touchdown against the Detroit Lions in January. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

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One of the best players in football was traded last week, and the move has the potential to greatly impact the Seahawks in a major way.

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All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams was dealt to the Las Vegas Raiders by the Green Bay Packers in exchange for a first-round and second-round pick. Adams, 29, reunites in Vegas with Derek Carr, his college quarterback at Fresno State, and also is receiving a five-year, $142.5 million extension, good for $28.5 million a year. That makes Adams the richest receiver in NFL history.

The Seahawks locked up veteran wideout Tyler Lockett last offseason to the tune of a four-year, $69 million extension, but they have yet to extend DK Metcalf, who is just 24 years old and is entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract.

So what does Adams’ deal mean for both Metcalf and the Seahawks? Former NFL quarterback Jake Heaps broke it down Friday on Seattle Sports’ Jake and Stacy.

“Well, what it means is that DK Metcalf is going to get paid. Without a doubt, he will firmly have a $20-plus million dollar contract,” Heaps said.

The big question now, though, is whether the Seahawks will be the team to pay up.

Entering this offseason, it seemed like the Seahawks extending Metcalf was almost a certainty given his age and production in his first three NFL seasons. But after trading star quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos, Metcalf’s future in Seattle is a little less clear.

“Are you willing to give that contract to DK Metcalf?” Heaps said. “DK is one of your guys. He’s homegrown. He’s a second-round pick. Traditionally, the Seattle Seahawks have taken care of their Pro Bowl guys. The only one that they have not done that with in recent history has been Frank Clark. That’s it. Outside of that, they take care of their own and have traditionally always done that.”

The question the Seahawks are asking themselves now, Heaps said, is what kind of haul they could get for Metcalf in a trade.

“Do they feel like they can get a very good return for DK Metcalf’s services? Or is it best served that they keep him and extend him?” Heaps said. “Maybe not this season, but the following year. I have to imagine that’s the conversation that they’re trying to figure out right now, and I’m sure that DK Metcalf is trying to figure out what is going to be the future. That’s the position that the Seahawks are now in where they have to consider do they want to pay DK Metcalf $20-plus million dollars or do they want to trade him? And if you’re an organization that wants to get yourself foundationally back to great, elite defense and running the football again, it’s hard to justify paying a receiver maybe $25 million-plus.”

“I want to see DK Metcalf here,” Heaps added. “He’s worth the money. He is that type of talent. But it’s certainly going to be a major question surrounding DK Metcalf and the Seattle Seahawks over the next year.”

You can listen to Heaps’ full thoughts in the Four-Down Territory segment from Friday’s edition of Seattle Sports’ Jake and Stacy in the podcast at this link or in the player below.

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