RENTON, Wash. — Several months of agreement negotiations between his agent and the Seattle Seahawks gave DK Metcalf masses of consternation, even though the star wide receiver remained assured all along that it might result in a deal.
“It changed into a demanding process,” Metcalf said Friday, “but satisfied that it is over now.”
That strain failed to completely provide manner to joy until Metcalf took the degree at the auditorium inner Seahawks headquarters, a full day after ESPN’s Adam Schefter suggested that the two aspects had agreed to a three-year extension worth $72 million. Metcalf signed the deal Friday morning, then spoke to journalists in a while — at times turning into emotional — even as flanked by means of coach Pete Carroll and widespread manager John Schneider.
“It just hit me as I become sitting up here,” Metcalf stated. “I told my parents and I become simply smiling on the phone. My mother started crying, dad started out crying but I was just smiling. Then after I sat up here, it just hit me like, it is here. DK, it is time so that it will step up.”
Schneider thanked Metcalf for the patience and professionalism he showed throughout a negotiating manner that, consistent with the GM, started out at the scouting combine in February and became again and again impacted by way of the megadeals signed by different marquee receivers this offseason.
Metcalf drew laughter when he alluded to a few gamesmanship he hired in negotiations. It became part of his reaction when requested if it changed into any greater worrying looking his counterparts cash in.
“No due to the fact … something was going to get performed,” he said. “It become going to be right here … as a whole lot as I bluffed to John. Just to allow y’all understand, I wanted to be right here. I wanted to play here and I’m simply happy that we got something done.”
Metcalf’s deal includes a $30 million signing bonus, a source instructed Schefter, that is the highest ever for a wide receiver. His $24 million new-money average ties Metcalf with the Buffalo Bills’ Stefon Diggs as the NFL’s 6th-maximum-paid receiver and keeps him underneath contract in Seattle thru the 2025 season.
“Just a massive thank you to everyone that helped me get so far in my existence,” he stated. “I’m nonetheless now not carried out. That chip hasn’t long gone everywhere.”
Carroll had simply referenced the proverbial chip-on-the-shoulder that Metcalf evolved after falling to the very last pick of the second spherical inside the 2019 draft, six months after he suffered a neck injury that ended his final season at Ole Miss and threatened to give up his football career.
Schneider recalled how determined Carroll changed into leading up to that draft to land Metcalf. After the Seahawks selected safety Marquise Blair within the center of the second one round, Carroll stepped out of the draft room to speak with Seattle’s most recent participant. That’s when Schneider reached a cope with the New England Patriots to change up to No. 64, where Seattle could take Metcalf. When Carroll sat back off, Schneider slow-played it earlier than breaking the good information.
“He became like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding. DK Metcalf’s going to be on our group?'” Schneider stated. “It became so cool if you want to have that exchange proper there. Bam, we made the trade after which in order to get up to the 64th pick. I’ll never ever overlook that. It changed into a certainly exciting time.”
Since then, Metcalf has gotten off to the maximum prolific start of any receiver in franchise records. His 3,170 receiving yards are maximum with the aid of any Seahawk in his first three seasons, at the same time as his 29 touchdowns over that span are one shy of the club file.
Metcalf said it was difficult to now not take part in closing month’s mandatory minicamp — which he overlooked with an unexcused absence — and to observe the primary practices of schooling camp during his brief “maintain-in.” He’s expected to take part in the Seahawks’ subsequent exercise on Saturday. He said there is no problem along with his left foot, which he had surgically repaired after gambling through a fracture maximum of closing season.
“Seeing him be so much more than only a soccer participant is a outstanding thrill for me,” Carroll stated. “Everybody talks about how he is a excellent athlete, he’s a beast, he is all this kind of stuff. I do not like that speak approximately him. This man, he is a whole person and he has so much to offer.”
Metcalf desires to open restaurants in Mississippi with a view to promote more healthy consuming and fight the kingdom’s weight problems problem.
“It truely hasn’t hit me till now that I even have the possibility simply to assist so many humans back home and assist my own family,” he stated. “And just considering once I broke my neck and I was informed I wasn’t going if you want to play football again. And now this moment taking place, it is simply all a blessing. … I simply thank everybody as it took a village only for me to get here today.”