Seahawks WR DK Metcalf has earned “mega expansion”
The Seahawks have a number of important decisions to make this offseason, one of which includes one of the NFL’s rising young stars.
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That would be wide receiver DK Metcalf, who is finishing his third season in the NFL. The 2019 second-round pick is expected to be a free agent after the 2022 season, meaning he is eligible to sign a long-term contract with the Seahawks in the next offseason.
Metcalf is having a “slack year” by his standards after a stellar 2020 season as he has 64 catches for 846 yards and nine touchdowns in 15 games. Last year he set a Seahawks single-season record with 1,303 receiving yards and he also caught 10 touchdowns while winning second-team All-Pro honors as well as his first pro nod. Bowl. In his rookie season in 2019, Metcalf caught 58 passes for 900 yards and seven scores.
So, with 24-year-old Metcalf soon eligible to sign a lucrative long-term deal, is Metcalf worth a massive contract extension? Former NFL Quarterback jake pile shared his thoughts during Wednesday’s edition of Jake and Stacy on 710 ESPN Seattle.
“It’s a conversation that when we talk about it you obviously point out the stats, right?” Heaps said. “The stats are an indicator of whether or not he deserves a mega contract this offseason.”
But while Metcalf numbers are down from 2020 to 2021, Heaps said they don’t tell the whole story of how good a Metcalf player is.
“I would say even though his numbers are down from last year, DK Metcalf, when you watch him in theaters he’s a star,” Heaps said. “He’s an elite catcher in this league. There were obviously times, whether it was Geno Smith or Russell Wilson who struggled throughout the year, that DK Metcalf just wasn’t used in the way it was intended to be used (with ) an offensive play call and give it more football.
While Metcalf is not on track to surpass its 2020 yardage tally, Heaps said the young receiver has always had “an outstanding season.”
“He’s someone who is an absolute weapon that is dreaded in this league,” Heaps said. “And if DK Metcalf is to be paid, he should be paid like the elite catcher that he is, and he’s one of the young stars in this league. I think he earned a mega overtime this offseason. That may not show up on the stats sheet even though he still has nine touchdowns and nearly 1,000 yards this season. I think if you had a healthy Russell Wilson all year round I think his numbers would be much closer to what he did a year ago and I think his touchdown numbers would be even higher than a year ago.
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