DK Metcalf says contract negotiations are “a stressful process” after inking a three-year,  million deal with the Seattle Seahawks

DK Metcalf says contract negotiations are “a stressful process” after inking a three-year, $73 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. — Several months of contract negotiations between his agent and the Seattle Seahawks caused plenty of consternation for DK Metcalf, though all along the star wide receiver was confident a deal would come to pass.

“It’s been a stressful process,” Metcalf said Friday, “but I’m glad it’s over now.”

That stress didn’t entirely give way to joy until Metcalf took the stage in the auditorium at Seahawks headquarters, a full day after ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the two sides had agreed to a three-year extension worth $72 million. Metcalf signed the deal Friday morning and spoke to reporters afterwards — sometimes emotionally — while flanked by trainer Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider.

“It just hit me sitting up here,” Metcalf said. “I told my parents and I just smiled on the phone. My mom started crying, my dad started crying, but I just smiled up.”

Schneider thanked Metcalf for the patience and professionalism he showed during a negotiation process that GM says began at the Scouting Combine in February and has been repeatedly impacted by the mega deals signed by other marquee recipients this offseason.

Metcalf elicited laughter when he alluded to a style of play he used in negotiations. It was part of his response when asked if it was more stressful watching his co-workers collect the cash.

“No, because… something needed to be done,” he said. “It should be here… much as I bluffed to John. Just to let you all know I wanted to be here. I wanted to play here and I’m just glad we did something.”

Metcalf’s deal includes a $30 million signing bonus, a source told Schefter, the highest ever for a wide receiver. His average new money of $24 million ties Metcalf with Buffalo Bills’ Stefon Diggs as the NFL’s sixth-highest-paid wide receiver, keeping him under contract at Seattle through the 2025 season.

“Just a big thank you to everyone who helped me get to this point in my life,” he said. “I’m still not done. The chip didn’t go anywhere.”

Carroll had just referenced the proverbial chip-on-the-shoulder Metcalf developed after falling to the final second-round pick in the 2019 draft, six months after suffering a neck injury that ended his final season with Ole Miss ended and threatened to end his football career.

Schneider recalled Carroll’s determination to set up this draft to land Metcalf. After the Seahawks picked safety Marquise Blair midway through the second round, Carroll left the draft room to speak with Seattle’s newest player. At this point, Schneider reached an agreement with the New England Patriots to move up to No. 64, where Seattle would take over Metcalf. As Carroll sat back down, Schneider played slowly before breaking the good news.

“He said, ‘You’re kidding. DK Metcalf will be on our team?'” said Schneider. “It was so cool to have that exchange right there. Bam we made the trade and then hit the 64th pick. I will never forget that. It was a really exciting time.”

Since then, Metcalf has had the most prolific launch of any receiver in franchise history. His 3,170 receiving yards is the most by any Seahawks in his first three seasons, while his 29 touchdowns in that span is just a smidgen short of the club record.

Metcalf said it was difficult not to attend last month’s mandatory mini-camp – which he missed with an unexcused absence – and watch the first two drills of training camp during his brief “hold-in.” He is expected to attend the Seahawks’ next practice session on Saturday. He said there is no problem with his left foot, which he had surgically repaired after suffering a fracture for most of last season.

“To see that he’s so much more than just a football player is a huge thrill for me,” Carroll said. “Everyone talks about him being a great athlete, he’s a beast, he’s all that kind of stuff. I don’t like the talk about him. This guy, he’s a complete person and he has so much to offer.”

Metcalf wants to open restaurants in Mississippi that promote healthier eating and fight the state’s obesity problem.

“It really hasn’t hit me until now that I have the opportunity to help so many people at home and to help my family,” he said. “And I just think about it when I broke my neck and was told I couldn’t play football anymore. And now this moment is happening, it’s just all a blessing. … Just thanking everyone because it took village just for me to come here today.”

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