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Seahawks unload ex-Pro Bowler in blockbuster trade offer

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The Seattle Seahawks could arguably unload their top player for fortune.

According to a list of trade suggestions by Bleacher Report’s Alex Kay, one of the blockbuster scenarios involves the Seahawks trading wide receiver DK Metcalf to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for 2023 first- and second-round draft picks. Kay argues that Metcalf’s desire for a new contract, coupled with the Cowboys’ massive amount of salary cap and draft capital, make the deal worthwhile.

“The 24-year-old skipped Seattle’s mandatory mini-camp while awaiting his new contract,” says Kay. “The Cowboys could step in and capitalize on this situation by offering the rebuilding Seahawks a draft equity package in exchange for the rising star. Considering the Cowboys have more than $20 million in available cap space — more than all but two teams in the league right now — and all of their picks in the 2023 draft, it could be a relatively easy move for be all parties. ”

Metcalf wants a new deal as he enters the final year of his rookie contract. His 2022 salary sees him earning less than $4 million this season, ranking 42nd among all league receivers. According to Spotrac, Metcalf’s market value is over $88 million over four seasons, which equates to approximately $22 million per year. Metcalf’s market value would make him the seventh highest-paid wide receiver in the league.

A more realistic basis for Metcalf’s next contract is AJ Brown’s contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. Brown was acquired by the Eagles during the 2022 NFL draft and shortly thereafter signed a four-year, $100 million deal with Philadelphia. Brown is the same age and was part of the same draft class as Metcalf.

Given that Metcalf actually surpassed his 2019 draft counterpart — 216 receptions for 3,170 yards and 29 touchdowns compared to Brown’s 185 receptions for 2,995 yards and 24 touchdowns — it wouldn’t be a surprise to pick the star receiver see earn out Brown on his next contract.

Though Metcalf suspended the team’s mandatory three-day mini-camp in June, head coach Pete Carroll remains optimistic the two sides will reach an agreement.

“You have to go through this, you can not change itaAnd our boys have to too,” Carroll said in June. “We have to go through it again and start fresh knowing it’s brand new to us and a kid like DK aAnd he’s a remarkable person. He’s a wonderful player, HHe has so much to offer the world and I just don’t want him to miss this opportunity where we can’t find out. So, we will do everything we can.

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The Cowboys are suddenly lacking depth after fielding arguably the best wide receiver corps in the NFL last season. Dallas lost veteran wide receivers Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson in the offseason, and Michael Gallup could realistically miss the first two or three games of the season in his recovery from ACL surgery.

That means outside of CeeDee Lamb, the Cowboys will have to rely on veteran James Washington — who disappointed as a former second-round draft pick — and rookie Jalen Tolbert as a second option in the opening game earlier in the season.

While that’s certainly a good deal for the Seahawks — assuming they don’t want to pay Metcalf during a Reconstruction era — that potential trade hinges on Seattle’s quarterback situation. When the Seahawks take on veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, Seattle will go from a rebuild team to a win-now team.

Assuming the Seahawks continue to enter the 2022 season with either Geno Smith or Drew Lock as their starters, the possibility of trading Metcalf for assets becomes real.

If that’s the scenario, the Cowboys could become a trading partner for Metcalf.

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