RENTON, WA – It gave several months of contract negotiations between his agent and the Seattle Seahawks DK Metcalfe Much to the consternation, although the wide future of the star remained confident throughout that he would end up with a deal.
“It was a stressful process, but I’m glad it’s over now,” Metcalf said on Friday.
That pressure didn’t quite give way to joy until Metcalfe took the stage in the auditorium inside the Seahawks headquarters, a full day after ESPN’s Adam Schefter announced that the two sides had agreed to a three-year, $72 million extension. Metcalfe signed the deal on Friday morning, then spoke to reporters afterwards – at times getting emotional – while flanked by coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider.
“It hit me while I was sitting here,” Metcalfe said. “I told my parents and I was smiling on the phone. My mom started crying, my dad started crying but I was just smiling. Then when I sat here, it hit me like it’s here. DK, it’s time for you to step up.”
Schneider thanked Metcalf for the patience and professionalism he demonstrated during the negotiation process that, according to GM, began with exploratory collection in February and has been repeatedly affected by massive contracts signed by other marquee recipients this off-season.
Metcalf laughed when he hinted at some sophistication he used in the negotiations. That was part of his response when asked if it was more stressful than watching his peers get in on the money.
“No,” he said, “because… there was something to be done.” “He would have been here…as much as I cheated John. Just to let you know, I wanted to be here. I wanted to play here and I’m glad we accomplished something.”
The Metcalf deal includes a $30 million signing bonus, a source told Shifter, the highest ever for a wide receiver. His new average of $24 million ties Metcalfe to Buffalo bills Stefon Diggs As the sixth highest paid recipient in the NFL, and keeps him under contract in Seattle through the 2025 season.
“Thank you very much to everyone who helped me get to this point in my life,” he said. “I still haven’t finished. This slide hasn’t gone anywhere.”
Carroll had just pointed out the chip on the shoulder that Metcalf had developed after he fell into the final second-round pick in the 2019 draft, six months after suffering a neck injury that ended his final Ole Miss season and threatened with injury. He ends his football career.
Schneider recalled how Carroll had been leading this project to Metcalfe land. After the Seahawks chose safety Marquis Blair Halfway through the second round, Carroll walked out of the draft room to speak with the newest player in Seattle. That’s when Schneider reached a deal with the New England Patriots to trade up to #64, where she would take the Seattle Metcalfe. When Carol backed down, Schneider played her slowly before the good news was released.
He was like, ‘You must be kidding,’ Schneider said. DK Metcalf will be on our team? “It was great to be able to make this exchange there. Bam, we traded and then to be able to get to pick number 64. I’ll never forget that. It was a really exciting time.”
Since then, Metcalf has begun to appear as the most prolific of any recipient in franchise history. His 3,170-plus yards is by any Seahawk in his first three seasons, while his 29 touchdowns at that distance is one shy of the club’s record.
Metcalf said it was hard not to take part in last month’s obligatory mini-camp — which he missed without excuse — and watch the first two bootcamp rehearsals during his brief “hold” period. He is expected to participate in the upcoming Seahawks training on Saturday. He said there was no problem with his left foot, which he surgically repaired after breaking it for most of last season.
“Seeing him so much more than just a footballer is a great excitement for me,” said Carroll. “Everyone talks about him being a great athlete, he’s a beast, all that kind of stuff. I don’t like talking about him. This guy, he’s a complete person and he has so much to offer.”
Metcalfe wants to open restaurants in Mississippi that will promote healthy eating and combat the state’s obesity problem.
“It never occurred to me until now that I would only have the opportunity to help so many people back home and help my family,” he said. “And just thinking about the time I broke my neck and was told I would never be able to play football again. Now this moment is happening, it’s just a blessing… I just thank everyone because it only took a village to get here today.”