DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks agree to three-year,  million extension

DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks agree to three-year, $72 million extension

RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks and star wide receiver DK Metcalf have agreed to terms on a three-year, $72 million extension that includes $58.2 million in guarantees, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday.

The guaranteed sum includes a $30 million signing bonus, the source said, the highest ever for a wide receiver.

The deal brings a quick end to Metcalf’s two-day hold in and unlocks one of the best players of the Seahawks’ future. The 24-year-old Metcalf, who had one year and just under $4 million left on his rookie contract, is now signed through 2025.

The average of $24 million in new money for his extension makes Metcalf the Seahawks’ highest-paid player, surpassing safety Jamal Adams at $17.5 million, cementing him as the new face of the franchise now that Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner are gone.

Metcalf and Stefon Diggs of the Bills are now tied for the sixth-highest average annual salary among NFL receivers.

The three-year length of the extension is shorter than the Seahawks typically prefer for other big-money contracts, and it puts Metcalf on track to become a free agent at age 28. It also came with a shorter waiting period than some of the Seahawks’. recent mega-deals that weren’t finalized until well into training camp.

Metcalf reported to camp on time Tuesday but did not participate in the first two practices as his agent, Tory Dandy, and the Seahawks continued to negotiate. Coach Pete Carroll made it clear that his non-participation was contract-related and not due to Metcalf’s surgically repaired foot.

Metcalf’s future in Seattle seemed somewhat uncertain earlier this offseason, after general manager John Schneider publicly expressed sticker shock over some of the mega-deals that sent the receiver market skyrocketing. The Seahawks received calls from teams interested in Metcalf in the wake of those comments, but Seattle told the suitors they were not interested in trading him, according to a source.

Despite the trade speculation and rising WR salaries, the Seahawks expressed confidence both publicly and behind the scenes that they would get a deal done with Metcalf before the season. That was the case even after Metcalf’s outstanding contract caused the receiver to skip last month’s mandatory minicamp with what the team deemed an unexcused absence.

Carroll then noted that the Seahawks have a strong track record of extending players they want to keep long-term since he and Schneider arrived in 2010.

“I’m not less optimistic, no,” Carroll said in June, after Metcalf’s minicamp no-show. “We’ve been going through this for years. It’s a challenging time. We’ve had so many high-profile guys go through this process, and how has it worked out for us? We’ve figured it out in time. John is on it . He’s as experienced as you can get in dealing with these things and DK has a good representation and DK is a damn kid. But there’s no way to avoid the first time of this, the first time of how it feels and the experience of that and all that … He’s a remarkable person. He’s a fantastic player. He’s got so much to offer the world and everything, I just don’t want him to miss this opportunity to where we can’t find out of it. So we’re going to do everything we can.”

Metcalf has a combined 216 catches for 3,170 yards and 29 touchdowns over his first three seasons. He made his lone Pro Bowl in 2020 after breaking Steve Largent’s single-season franchise record with 1,303 receiving yards. After suffering a career-threatening neck injury in college, Metcalf has not missed a game in his NFL career.

He played most of last season with a broken bone in his foot that required surgery. Carroll said Wednesday that Metcalf passed his physical and is fine.

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