DK Metcalf on Russell Wilson Trade Rumors: 'I Don't Get into Anybody's Business'

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVMay 23, 2021

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 08: D.K. Metcalf #14 and Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks have a chat after the preseason game victory over the Denver Broncos at CenturyLink Field on August 08, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf said Friday he doesn't have any insight on the trade rumors that swirled around quarterback Russell Wilson earlier in the 2021 NFL offseason.

Metcalf explained on Victory The Podcast (via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times) he doesn't get involved in those type of conversations and wouldn't feel the need to discuss it with the Hawks' front office unless a deal was actually finalized.

"I don't get into anybody's business during the offseason," Metcalf said. "I'm secluded. Unless my name's being mentioned, I'm away from it."

He added: "It would have to actually happen for me to take precautions or say something."

Metcalf has formed a tremendous partnership with Wilson over his first two seasons. He's recorded 141 catches for 2,203 yards with 17 touchdowns in 32 games since the Seahawks selected him in the second round of the 2019 draft.

Wilson raised eyebrows in February during a media tour when he decided to air his grievances with the organization, ranging from a lack of input on personnel decisions to the lackluster protection he's received from the team's offensive line in recent years.

His comments came after CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported the Seahawks were willing to at least listen to proposals for the eight-time Pro Bowler, though he noted it would take a "herculean offer" to close the deal.

The speculation slowly faded throughout the offseason, however, and the Seattle brass said in late April a blockbuster trade was never a realistic outcome.

"There was a number of teams that called after that media blitz that happened, but no, I never actively negotiated with anybody or with any team," general manager John Schneider told reporters. "Did people call? Absolutely. ... There were no active negotiations going on."

Head coach Pete Carroll added bluntly: "I knew what the truth was, and we're not trading Russell."

Wilson is under contract through 2023 as part of a four-year, $140 million deal.

Meanwhile, Metcalf is heading into the third season of his four-year rookie contract. He'll become eligible for an extension after the 2021 campaign, and he confirmed on Victory The Podcast he's hopeful of sticking with the Seahawks for the long haul.

"I pray. I hate traveling, so I pray [to stay in Seattle]," he said.

Wilson, Metcalf and the Hawks are scheduled to kick off the new season Sept. 12 against the Indianapolis Colts as the franchise tries to reach the playoffs for the ninth time in 10 years.