DK Metcalf says contract negotiations are ‘a stressful process’ after signing three-year, $73m deal with Seattle Seahawks
Renton, Wash. –Months of contract talks between his agent and the Seattle Seahawks upset DK Metcalf, even though the star receiver was confident it would end in a deal.
“It was a stressful process, but I’m glad it’s over,” Metcliffe said Friday.
That tension didn’t give way to full-fledged bliss until Metcalf took the stage in the auditorium inside Seahawks headquarters, a full day after ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the two sides had spent three years, $72 million agreed to the extension. But okay. Metcalf signed the deal on Friday morning, then later spoke to reporters – sometimes emotional – as coach Pat Carroll and general manager John Schneider spoke to him.
Metcalf said: “It hit me while I was sitting here. I told my parents and I was just smiling on the phone. My mom started crying, my dad started crying but I was just smiling . Then as soon as I sat down here, it hit me like it’s here. DK, it’s your time. Come on.”
thanked Metcalf for his patience and professionalism during the negotiation process, which GM said began with the Scout Coalition in February and signed other high-profile receivers this offseason. Impressed many times with Megadeals.
Metcalf laughed, pointing out some of the sportsmanship used in the conversation. This was part of his response when asked if there was any tension seeing his cash counterparts.
“No because…something was about to happen,” she said. “It was going to be here…as much as I told John. Just so you know, I wanted to come here. I wanted to play here and I’m glad we did.”
Metcalf’s contract includes a $30 million signing bonus, a source told Schefter, the most for a wide receiver. His new average of $24 million joins Metcalf with the Buffalo Bills’ Stephen Diggs as the sixth-highest-paid receiver in the NFL and puts him under contract in Seattle through the 2025 season.
“A big thank you to everyone who helped me get to this point in my life,” he said. “I haven’t worked yet. That chip hasn’t gone anywhere.”
Carroll referenced the proverbial chip Metcalf developed after falling to a second-round pick late in the 2019 draft, six months after suffering a neck injury that ended his previous season at Ole Miss. was exhausted and threatened him. The end of his football career.
Schneider recalled how determined Carroll was to lead the draft until Metcalf arrived. After the Seahawks selected marquee safety Blair midway through the second round, Carroll walked out of the draft room to speak to the Seattle rookie. At the same time, Schneider made a deal with the New England Patriots to trade them to number 64, where Seattle would face Metcalf. When Carol sat down, Schneider slowed her down before sharing the good news.
“He was like, ‘Are you kidding. Will DK Metcalf be on our team?’ says Schneider. “It was great to be able to do that deal there. Bam, we traded and then were able to get to 64th. I’ll never forget that. It was a really exciting time.”
Since then, Metcalf has had the most impressive starts of any receiver in franchise history. His 3,170 receiving yards are the most of any Seahawks in his first three seasons, while his 29 touchdowns in that span are just a shy of the club record.
Metcalf said it was hard not to attend last month’s mandatory minicamp – which he missed through an unexplained absence – and was watching the first two drills of training camp during his brief ‘hold-in’. “. He is expected to take part in the Seahawks’ next practice on Saturday. He said he had no problem with his left leg, which he had surgically repaired after playing with a broken bone last season.
“It’s a big thrill for me to watch him become more than just a football player,” Carroll said. “Everyone talks about how he’s a great athlete, he’s a beast, stuff like that. I don’t like that kind of stuff about him. This man, he’s a complete human being and he has a lot to offer.”
Metcalf wants to open restaurants in Mississippi that will promote healthy eating and tackle the state’s obesity problem.
“It still doesn’t impress me that I had the opportunity to help so many people and to help my family,” he said. “And just thinking about the time when I broke my neck and was told I would never play football again. And now that moment is coming, it’s just a blessing. … Just thank you all because it took me a village. To get here today.”