The Seattle Seahawks could be handing out one of the largest guaranteed contracts in the NFL in the very near future.
DK Metcalf is one of the few players holding out of mandatory minicamp, creating any advantage he can get over the Seattle Seahawks when it comes to his contract negotiations. According to a prediction by Bleacher Report’s Maurice Moton, the Seahawks will sign the star receiver to one of several “megacontracts” across the league.
In Moton’s projection, he says Seattle will sign Metcalf to a four-year, $110 million deal with $70.5 million guaranteed.
“Assuming Metcalf tops Brown’s contract in average annual salary, he could push to surpass DeAndre Hopkins in AAV ($27.3 million) as well and command top-three money in guarantees (about $70 million) among wideouts,” says Moton. “As a reliable and explosive playmaker, he’s a unique talent. The 24-year-old has yet to miss a game and averaged at least 15.5 yards per catch in two of his three seasons.”
Moton also went on to explain that Metcalf will have to be paid more than what A.J. Brown is earning with the Philadelphia Eagles. Brown signed a four-year, $100 million contract with the Eagles following his draft day trade from the Tennessee Titans.
“The Seahawks will have to pay a premium for Metcalf, who has racked up 216 catches for 3,170 yards and 29 touchdowns through 49 games,” says Moton. “He’s outpaced fellow Ole Miss product A.J. Brown (185 receptions for 2,995 yards and 24 touchdowns in 43 outings), who signed a four-year, $100 million extension ($56.5 million guaranteed) after the Tennessee Titans traded him to the Philadelphia Eagles.”
After trading away Russell Wilson, the Seahawks are entering a rebuilding phase after emerging as one of the league’s top contenders over the past 10 seasons.
Metcalf’s absence from minicamp is considered to be unexcused by Seattle, meaning he could be subjected to fines of more than $93,000 for skipping all three days.
Earlier this month, Carroll declined to answer whether the Seahawks will levy those fines.
“A decision that he had to make,” Carroll said. “We missed him. He had done a nice job of contributing, being a part of everything we had done and then he just is not here. So I can’t say much about for what he hasn’t done here, but we’d love to have him with us.”
Metcalf is entering the final year of his rookie contract. In his first three seasons, the 24-year-old has yet to miss a game and has a combined 216 catches for 3,170 yards and 29 touchdowns.