Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf, who has been the subject of recent trade rumors, is expected to participate in the team's offseason program, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.
"There has been much discussion of Metcalf’s future with the team now that he is eligible for a contract extension. But there are no indications that he would not show up for the program, as some players aiming for new deals have done," Condotta wrote Friday.
The team's nine-week offseason program is kicking off Tuesday, and players are expected to begin arriving in Seattle on Monday.
Last month, Seahawks general manager John Schneider told reporters it was the team's "intent" to extend Metcalf.
However, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported on SportsCenter on April 3 that Metcalf could be had "at the right price" despite the Seahawks saying he's not available.
The 24-year-old Metcalf, who had 75 catches for 967 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, is entering the final year of his rookie contract.
With Davante Adams getting a five-year, $141 million contract from the Las Vegas Raiders and the Miami Dolphins giving Tyreek Hill $120 million over four years this offseason, Seattle is likely going to have to break the bank for a player of Metcalf's caliber.
But head coach Pete Carroll made it clear the Seahawks want to get something done.
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Pete Carroll says on <a href="https://twitter.com/933KJR?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@933KJR</a> Seahawks will try hard to re-sign DK Metcalf before 2022 season begins: "It's really important to us. We love him. He maybe will go down as one of the great draft picks we've ever had here.<br><br>"We are going to do everything we can to get it done."
The team is in rebuilding mode after trading quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos and parting ways with longtime linebacker Bobby Wagner in a cap-saving move, but they would be wise to retain Metcalf as part of their future core.
The 24-year-old wide receiver has averaged 72 catches, 1,056 yards and 10 touchdowns over three seasons.
For now, the Seahawks are entering their offseason looking for brighter days after finishing last in the NFC West with a 7-10 record.