Seahawks mailbags: Answering your questions about DK Metcalf’s future, the Russell Wilson business and more

DK Metcalf’s future? Did the Seahawks make the right move to do business with Russell Wilson now rather than wait a year?

More of that (lightly edited question for clarity) in our latest Seahawks Twitter mailbag.

Bucc206 asked: Why would the national media think Seattle should trade DK? Shouldn’t they help Drew Locke or another QB to go along? I think it’s stupid to suggest (him) to trade. He (Steve) is (on) the pace to be better than Large stat wise.

The reason for speculation is that Metcalf is now eligible for a contract extension, and if the team doesn’t think it can reach an agreement with him – or decides it doesn’t want to be paid what it thinks it will What will it take to keep – so the time to trade him is now before he completes the final year of his contract and becomes a free agent after the 2022 season.

At that point, the Seahawks would risk receiving only as much as a third-round compensatory pick in exchange for losing him.

If the Seahawks really think they’re not going to re-sign Metcalf, then a trade before 2022 to maximize what you’ll get for him makes business sense.

But that’s where the big question comes in – what would Metcalf want?

The recent growth in the receiver market – especially the annual contracts for Tyrek Hill ($30 million) and Davante Adams ($28 million) – means it’s probably going to take more than it was just a few months ago. has updated its estimate of Metcalf’s worth in a four-year deal to just $97 million, or about $24.2 million a year.

Seattle has the flexibility to make it work after dealing with Wilson. The Seahawks have only one player with guaranteed money in a 2023 contract (linebacker Jordan Brooks at $2.1 million) and over $93 million in the current cap space for that year.

So it’s just going to come down to a decision on the value of Metcalf and if it’s going to cost $23-25 ​​million a year or so for, say, the 2023-26 season for a receiver that the team thinks. that it is the best use of its resources.

An interesting aspect of this is that Metcalf is represented by CAA’s Tory Dandy who also represents Titans’ AJ Brown and 49ers’ Deebo Samuel, receivers who are now also up for an extension.

Who signs first and for whom can tell a lot.

Tom71500470 asked: (Seahawks general manager John) Schneider likely to neither trade DK, nor expand it? And DK likely stays out then?

I would be very surprised if this one way or the other is not resolved by the time around training camp, or perhaps in the case of the recent contracts for Bobby Wagner and Jamal Adams, at the start of camp.

The Seahawks actually only had an extended holdout of a player in the event of an explicit contract they knew could go out – Earl Thomas in 2018 (I’m not counting the work chancellor’s holdout because he There were three years left on the contract and was not anticipated by anyone).

Will Metcalf stop if a deal is not made by the camp? Adams is more likely to do what he did last year – attend meetings but not participate in on-field drills or anything that poses a risk of injury.

But as noted above, when Metcalf shares an agent with two other receivers in essentially the same position, what one does may well affect them all.

And for the long term, Seattle has a hole card here if it really wants to force the issue into the franchise tag after the 2022 season. estimates that the tag count for recipients is $20.1 million in 2023.

Seattle may be happy to pay that given the way the WR market is operating right now. Metcalf, of course, won’t be happy with it, and usually the goal with the tag is to use it to buy time to work towards long-term expansion. This is why teams usually try to solve these things as quickly as possible, when there are more, better options in the game.

Realalrau asked: What could the Hawks have gotten if they had traded Russell Wilson halfway through next year or this year? I can’t think of a comparable situation. You? Would it have been a wiser choice since they are paying him $26 million this year (in dead cap money)?

Well, this is where the no-trade clause Wilson negotiated in 2019 really came into play.

Knowing that they have to approve any trades limits Seattle’s options. It is a known team that Wilson would not approve of a seriously interested trade and may have offered more – of course, the Seahawks may be able to play teams off each other if no-trade. A bidding battle could be instigated if not for the clause.

For example, we now know that Wilson may be sending a strong clue when he said in a TV interview a week before the business that “coming east” when asked “I think the West Coast is right now for me.” better for.”

But Wilson made it clear that he wanted out, and had no real hope of a long-term contract extension after the 2022 season, the prospect of him staying in what had actually been an uncomfortable 2022 season for everyone involved, ultimately did not make up for those involved. means a lot to.

Did Seattle get enough to land five draft picks, including two first-rounders and three players? It is now on the shoulders of Pete Carroll and John Schneider to make the right decisions with that booty.

Ouzhok asked: Throwback uniforms this season?

The answer is no, according to team president Chuck Arnold during an interview with sports radio 93.3 KJR FM in February.

Seattle hasn’t worn throwback unis in recent years, in large part because of the one-helmet rule. The NFL has relaxed that rule and teams can now have an optional helmet, so more teams will go to the throwback from this year on.

But Arnold said there is at least a year away for Seattle.

“The league has now allowed a second helmet option, so with that, we are getting closer,” he said. “We won’t see it in 2022, but we’re making really good progress. We know fans are going to love the drawbacks.”

One of the reasons for the delay that Arnold mentioned is issues with the production of the uniform. The Seahawks aren’t alone in this as to why they’re looking forward to the throwback until 2023, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers said in a recent press release. “Due to global supply chain challenges, we’ll have to wait a year longer than expected. It’s soon.” The earliest that Nike can end production of orange uniforms.”

But if all goes well, Seahawks expects the throwback to be ready for 2023.

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