Should Seahawks pay top WR money? DK Metcalfs ‘don’t grow on trees’

Jun 16, 2022, 4:12 PM
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Seahawks WR DK Metcalf reacts after making a catch against the 49ers on Dec. 5. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
(Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

The wide receiver market has exploded this offseason, and as a result, the Seahawks will likely be signing a massive check for DK Metcalf, who didn’t report for mandatory minicamp last week and is entering the final year of his rookie contract.

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Stars like Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams received massive deals after being traded, and younger receivers like A.J. Brown also have gotten paid this offseason. Metcalf, along with Deebo Samuel in San Francisco and Terry McLaurin in Washington, is trying to cash in as one of the highest-paid receivers in the NFL, if not the highest-paid.

Metcalf will get his money and the Seahawks will likely foot the bill. But should they go that route? The MMQB’s Albert Breer told Seattle Sports’ Mike Salk Show this week that he isn’t so sure any team should be paying receivers these massive contracts.

“It’s a lot easier to tell who’s a good receiver than it is who’s a good left tackle or a good defensive tackle. So I understand that it can be hard for a fan to wrap his head around the idea of trading away a talent like DK Metcalf,” Breer told Salk. “That said, I mean, do you think the Packers and Chiefs are dumb teams? They aren’t, right? The Packers traded Davante Adams and the Chiefs traded Tyreek Hill. They made those guys offers but they ultimately wound up making the decision, ‘We’ve got to pay other positions with our quarterbacks being expensive.'”

That led Salk on Tuesday to asking Michael Bumpus, a former NFL receiver, whether the Seahawks should be in the business of paying top dollar for a wide receiver like Metcalf.

“I think they should. DK Metcalfs don’t grow on trees, man,” Bumpus said. “We’ve never had a receiver in his organization like DK … You don’t have a 6-foot-3/6-foot-4 guy who can do the things that DK can do.”

And when it comes to paying someone like Metcalf top-of-the-market money, Bumpus said that’s just the way the league is trending.

“That’s just the asking price for good receivers now, and I think that’s the scary part for organizations,” Bumpus said. “They’re like, ‘Is this thing real? Are receivers really gonna continue to go for this much?’ Because we kind of saw the same thing with running backs and then that kind of went down … so they’re almost scared to commit to the new NFL. And with the way the game is going, the way these guys are throwing the football and the offenses are getting creative, I think this just is what it is. So it’s gonna take a couple of years for these guys to really buy into it, but I think he’s definitely worth it, especially with Tyler Lockett getting up there in age – even though I went to camp and Lockett looked good.”

You’ll be able to hear a lot more from Bumpus on Seattle Sports with the debut of Bump and Stacy starting Monday morning. Bumpus joins co-host Stacy Rost from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every weekday on Seattle Sports Station 710 AM, and the Seattle Sports app. For more details, click here.

Listen to Bump’s full thoughts on Metcalf from the third hour of Tuesday’s Mike Salk Show at this link or in the player below.

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