Heaps: Seahawks will trade star WR DK Metcalf prior to 2022 NFL Draft
Thanks to an exploding trade and contract market at the wide receiver position, all eyes are now on what the Seahawks will do with DK Metcalf.
Metcalf, 24, is among the game’s best and most exciting receivers, and after star wideouts Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill were dealt to new teams and received extremely lucrative extensions, it’s now a question of whether the Seahawks will be the team to pay the young wideout. And if not, who he’ll be dealt to and for how much?
“Looking into my crystal ball, will DK Metcalf get traded? The answer is yes, I do believe that the Seahawks will trade DK Metcalf before the draft,” Heaps said.
Heaps pointed to Adams being dealt for first- and second-round picks while Hill’s return was a first rounder, second rounder and fourth rounder in next month’s draft as well as fourth and sixth rounders in the 2023 NFL Draft.
” There are a lot of teams out there right now that are very desperate for a playmaking wide receiver,” Heaps said. “And if you have the chance in this draft to add another first-round pick, that’s very enticing. Even if it’s a late (first-round) pick, you can trade back and add more twos or add a two and a three. In this draft, it would be huge capital knowing that there is so much depth at positional needs for you defensively and at the offensive tackle position.”
Trading Metcalf for a haul of valuable draft picks, Heaps said, would allow the Seahawks to help build the roster in the mold they truly want.
“If you’re retooling with this team in the form of the vision of what you want this team to ultimately be, it gives you a lot of flexibility to be able to mold and shape your team with guys that you don’t have to pay big money towards that are on rookie deals and capitalize on that in your window for the next however many years,” Heaps said. “So that is why I look at it from that point.”
Whether it’s the Seahawks or another team that extends Metcalf’s contract, what kind of deal will he likely command?
“DK Metcalf, I believe the floor for him in his deal should be $25 million. $25 million per year should be the absolute floor for DK Metcalf,” Heaps said. “And it could be potentially higher than that. So if his asking price continues to go up, if you’re the Seahawks, do you feel comfortable in doing that and giving that type of money to a receiver in a system that isn’t necessarily going to be super friendly to paying a No. 1 receiver like that? I think it’s going to be incredibly difficult to get those numbers to generate the you know fanbase saying hey, this is a great deal and this is working out extremely well.”
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