After there was speculation this offseason that he could potentially be traded out of Seattle, DK Metcalf’s new contract extension with the Seahawks shows that he’s committed for the long term.
The Pro Bowl wideout has signed a three-year, $72 million extension with $58.2 million guaranteed. That guaranteed total includes a $30 million signing bonus (according to ESPN’s Brady Henderson), which is the largest ever for a wide receiver.
Many across social media had reactions to Metcalf‘s new deal. A lot of people agree that he deserves the money. However, fans on Twitter pointed out that he will still have to catch passes from Drew Lock or Geno Smith.
DK Metcalf wide open downfield
Drew lock: pic.twitter.com/RcpOOKIC4Y
— Annie Agar (@AnnieAgar) July 28, 2022
DK getting the bag but realizing he has to catch passes from Drew Lock and Geno Smith pic.twitter.com/o5EakD6x97
— BetMGM 🦁 (@BetMGM) July 28, 2022
DK Metcalf pulling up to practice after Drew Lock overthrows him in the red zone: pic.twitter.com/O3HWQRSs8k
— Rosa Parks’ Burner Account (@Rosasburner) July 28, 2022
DK Metcalf the 2nd year of his contract when Drew Lock is still his QB pic.twitter.com/9GEM31lNKD
— 𝙀𝙙𝙬𝙞𝙣✨ (@Hamfor6) July 28, 2022
Metcalf’s former quarterback Russell Wilson also made sure to congratulate his former teammate on his massive new deal.
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) July 28, 2022
Metcalf, 24, signs his new deal after having only one year and just under $4 million left on his rookie contract. With his new deal, Metcalf becomes the highest-paid player on the Seahawks’ roster. He’s tied with Stefon Diggs as the sixth highest-paid receiver in the NFL.
Metcalf reported to camp on Tuesday, but didn’t participate in the first two practices after negotiations wth his agent Tory Dandy and the Seahawks finally concluded. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Metcalf’s absence was indeed contract-related, and not because of his foot, which he got surgery on this offseason.
With Metcalf turning 28 at the end of his new deal, this contract will give him the chance to be a free agent during his prime. In his first three seasons in Seattle, Metcalf has posted 3,170 total receiving yards and 29 touchdowns.