It’s Official: Seahawks ink star WR DK Metcalf to lucrative 3-year extension

Jul 28, 2022, 4:14 PM | Updated: Jul 29, 2022, 9:42 am
Seahawks WR DK Metcalf...
Seahawks WR DK Metcalf pushes off of Jacksonville's' Rayshawn Jenkins during an Oct. 31, 2021 game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

After conducting a “hold-in” during the Seahawks’ first two training camp practices, star wide receiver DK Metcalf has his new contract.

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A day after ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the two sides had an agreement in place, the Seahawks made the deal official Friday morning.

Seattle didn’t disclose the details of the contract when announcing the deal was official, but according to Schefter, the 24-year-old wideout agreed to a three-year extension with the Seahawks worth up to $72 million, with $58.2 million of that deal guaranteed. According to Schefter, Metcalf’s new contract comes with a $30 million signing bonus, which is the largest in NFL history for a wide receiver.

In terms of annual money, which is $24 million, Metcalf would be the sixth-highest-paid receiver in the NFL, while his $58.2 million guarantee is the seventh-highest among NFL receivers.

The new contract keeps Metcalf in Seattle through the 2025 season as it’s a three-year extension on top of his rookie contract, which was set to expire after the 2022 season. Metcalf doesn’t turn 25 until this December and will be 28 years old when his new deal expires.

“This means a lot to me, for my future, my family’s future, my future with the Seahawks,” Metcalf said after signing, per the Seahawks’ announcement of the deal. “It just means a lot, and it’s a blessing to get it done and behind me. I’m excited to go back to practice and rejoin the team fully. To see all my hard work and dedication pay off, it’s big thanks to my parents, and all my coaches and teachers who put up with me throughout high school and college. It just means a lot, because this is their hard work too of raising me and putting up with me.”

Metcalf has been one of the NFL’s best receivers since the Seahawks selected him with the final pick of the second round in 2019. As a rookie, Metcalf recorded 58 catches for 900 yards and seven touchdowns. He also set an NFL rookie record for yards in a playoff game when he had 160 yards in a playoff win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Metcalf upped his game in 2020, earning Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro honors after catching 83 passes for 1,303 yards and 10 touchdowns. Metcalf set a Seahawks single-season record for receiving yards that year. And even with some uneven quarterback play in 2021, Metcalf still was productive, catching 75 passes for 967 yards and 12 touchdowns, the latter of which ranked fourth in the NFL.

Metcalf and the Seahawks worked throughout the offseason to get a new deal done. In addition to sitting out the first two days of training camp, Metcalf didn’t report to mandatory minicamp earlier this offseason as he searched for his new contract. He did report to voluntary OTAs but did not practice both due to the lack of a deal and because he underwent offseason foot surgery.

The Seahawks now have their two top receivers in Metcalf and Tyler Lockett signed through the 2025 season.

Metcalf, Lockett and Co. will have a new starting quarterback in 2022, however, as Russell Wilson was traded early in the offseason. Currently, Geno Smith and Drew Lock are competing to be the Seahawks’ starter this season.

Smith, Wilson’s backup since 2019, played in four games last season when Wilson was injured. In those games, Metcalf caught 19 passes for 295 yards and five of his 12 touchdowns.

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