DK Metcalf Denies Seahawks Trade Rumors: 'Haven't Heard Anything'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVApril 4, 2022

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JANUARY 02: DK Metcalf #14 of the Seattle Seahawks catches a pass for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions during the first half at Lumen Field on January 02, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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Despite rumors that the Seattle Seahawks might be willing to trade star wide receiver DK Metcalf this offseason, one key figure doesn't know anything about such talks. 

Metcalf himself:

DK Metcalf @dkm14

Haven’t heard anything, per <a href="https://twitter.com/dkm14?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@dkm14</a> <a href="https://t.co/S5CBHrDCjP">https://t.co/S5CBHrDCjP</a>

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported on SportsCenter on Sunday that Metcalf's name was "buzzing in league circles." He continued:

"I'm told that Metcalf has gotten indications, informally from the team, that he's not going to be traded. Seattle has said publicly they have no intention to trade him. But the execs I talk to keep bringing him up that maybe they would either be willing to move on at the right price or that Metcalf would welcome a change. So, something is going on here; it's just hard to figure out what. But he's got one year left on his rookie deal. He would need a new contract as part of a trade. That's the tricky part."

The Seahawks have already moved on from veteran quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner, so it's clear that a rebuild is underway. But even with a huge extension for Metcalf looming, he's only 24. He's the sort of player a team can center a rebuild around.

Metcalf posted 75 receptions for 967 yards and 12 scores last year, a season after posting gargantuan numbers (83 catches for 1,303 yards and 10 touchdowns) in just his second campaign. If the Seahawks do want to trade him, they'll have an abundance of suitors. 

Perhaps Seattle has looked at the massive extensions handed out to players like Davante Adams (five years, $141.3 million) and Tyreek Hill (four years, $120 million) and decided it doesn't want to swim in those waters with Metcalf. In that case, trading him this offseason rather than losing him for nothing as an unrestricted free agent next year makes sense. 

But publicly, the Seahawks have spoken about locking up Metcalf to an extension even amid that market:

IG: JosinaAnderson @JosinaAnderson

Pete Carroll: I can’t imagine not having D.K. Metcalf. An extension is in the future at some point.<br><br>On Geno Smith: We have high hopes for him. He knows our system. He sat almost 4 yrs. Took a couple games to get his feet under him. I think he has a competitive opportunity.

"It is what it is now, right? This is the market," general manager John Schneider said last week, also telling reporters the Seahawks intended to sign Metcalf to an extension. "So we'll get to that when we get to it. But yeah, there is a bit of, 'Whoa,' but then you have to figure out: 'OK, well, where's the cap going? What's it going to look like? How do you build your team?' We do that every day. We're constantly moving stuff around."