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Seahawks star DK Metcalf is silent on new $72m contract

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DK Metcalf will remain with the Seattle Seahawks for at least a few more seasons after signing a three-year, $72 million contract extension that takes the star playmaker through the Pacific Northwest’s 2025 season, subject to an unforeseen trade will hold. Metcalf will complete the final year of his rookie contract in 2022 before the new contract officially begins next season.

The Wideout star took to social media to enjoy himself after it was revealed the two parties had agreed to a new deal. Metcalf tweeted “God said” along with a meme that reads “Bring me my money”.

Metcalf struck a more serious note during the team’s press conference where the deal was officially announced. The Seahawks receiver fought back tears as he began speaking about the importance of the contract extension.

“Just getting from Oxford, Mississippi, to Seattle is a long journey,” Metcalf explained during his July 29, 2022 press conference. “I’m about to get emotional, so bear with me. It really hasn’t dawned on me until now that I’ll have the opportunity to just help so many people at home and help my family. And just thinking about it when I broke my neck I was told I couldn’t play football anymore and now that moment is just a blessing.”

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Metcalf’s new contract gives the wideout an average annual salary of $24 million, a big increase from his four-year, $4.58 million rookie contract. The playmaker was able to secure a shorter deal that potentially allows Metcalf to become a free agent at the age of 27.

Metcalf also made history with a $30 million signing bonus, the most ever for a wide receiver. according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Through back-to-back contract extensions, the Seahawks have cemented their receiving core in Metcalf and Tyler Lockett for the foreseeable future. Whether it’s Drew Lock, Geno Smith, or any other player on the street, the future Seahawks franchise quarterback should have plenty of guns.

The soaring price of star NFL receivers combined with blockbuster Russell Wilson led to some speculation that the Seahawks might opt ​​out of a massive deal with Metcalf. Seattle sent a strong message on draft day by leaking potential Metcalf deals. Seahawks general manager John Schneider called the negotiations a “long process” but praised Metcalf for “your professionalism and your patience.”

“It’s a long process, a planning process that started in Indy [at the NFL combine], and it took a while,” Schneider explained. “But I also want to say a special thank you to DK. I want to thank you for your professionalism and patience throughout this process. People on the outside are just overwhelmed when they see these huge contracts. And it’s, it’s a great blessing, right, but they don’t understand the stress that comes with a negotiation like this.

“Again it’s a great blessing but it’s a long process and a lot is behind it for the player, his family and loved ones and so I just want to thank you for your patience and professionalism.”

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