The Seattle Seahawks and DK Metcalf haven't made much progress on a new contract, leading to the wideout skipping out on the team's offseason program.
That said, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reported there is no tension between the two parties.
"The Seahawks are hopeful that they can get a deal done with DK Metcalf, who is also entering the final year of his deal," Fowler said Monday on SportsCenter. "They probably will wait until around training camp to heat that up. That's what happened with Jamal Adams, their high-profile free agent from last year. So, I'm told Metcalf has been in touch with some people in Seattle, there's no bad blood despite him missing minicamp last week. It's really just the cost of doing business at a high level and they're hopeful that they can get that to the finish line."
Metcalf will make $4 million during the 2022 season in the final year of his rookie contract. His next deal will likely more than sextuple that figure on an annual basis. Several receivers have signed contracts averaging more than $25 million per year in new money this offseason, though some had to be traded in order to land their desired long-term deal.
It does not appear as if the Seahawks have any plans of exploring a Metcalf trade, even as they embark on what will likely be a retooling period in 2022. Seattle traded quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos in March, a deal that will undoubtedly cause the team to take a step back in a loaded NFC West.
The Seahawks' options at quarterback, Geno Smith and Drew Lock, represent a seismic downgrade that will almost certainly impact Metcalf's production. The Ole Miss product has compiled at least 900 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons and set a career high in 2021 with 12 touchdowns.
“I will say we are going to get something done,” Metcalf told Shannon Sharpe on his Club Shay Shay podcast. “I think I’m going to be in Seattle for the next coming years, yes sir.”
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has also said keeping Metcalf is one of the team's top priorities remaining in the offseason.