DK Metcalf’s minicamp weathered an awkward development for the Seahawks, but it’s no time to panic


RENTON — On an otherwise glorious day at Lake Washington, a bit of gloom poured into the Seahawks’ world on Tuesday.

Now, it remains to be seen if this turns into a full-fledged storm. Logic says wide receiver DK Metcalf, who was noticeably absent from the first day of Seattle’s minicamp at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, will find decent financial happiness with the Seahawks before things get out of control.

Still, Metcalf making the unexpected decision to sit out the three-day minicamp can only be interpreted one way: the wide receiver extraordinaire is unhappy that he doesn’t have the contract extension yet. which everyone knows has to come its way eventually.

And one other thing that’s undeniable: Regardless of the extent of this rift, this is an awkward development for the Seahawks as they embark on a season of vast transition. Even though Metcalf wouldn’t have been on the court anyway as he recovers from foot surgery, they don’t need distractions or divisiveness to slip into the sunny world of Pete Carroll as he’s trying to bring in a new quarterback, new personnel and a new defensive system. .

The Seahawks would tell you that they have their own schedule for these things, and it will end up being done when that time comes – probably closer to the start of training camp in late July. And until Tuesday, it appeared Metcalf was totally on board. In fact, the lack of rancor throughout the offseason has been remarkable. Carroll said in March: “I couldn’t imagine playing without him” and praised the way Metcalf was handling his unsettled contract situation. And Metcalf said on Shannon Sharpe’s podcast in May, “Everything is smiling right now.”

It’s impossible to know if those smiles turned into frowns, or maybe just a seriously worried look. Maybe Metcalf is just trying to send a friendly message that it’s time to pick up the pace. But given the volatile world of star wide receivers in the NFL this offseason, it doesn’t bode well to have even opened the door to a contract stalemate. Bob Condotta reported on Tuesday that Metcalf’s absence is unexcused by the Seahawks, who are subjecting him to fines of up to $93,000 – another indication that the chanting of “Kumbaya” between the two sides was interrupted.

To refresh your memory, since the Super Bowl, these stellar wide receivers have been traded: Tyreek Hill, Davonte Adams, Amari Cooper, AJ Brown and Marquise Brown – among others. Brown, one of Metcalf’s best friends, contributed to the rapid explosion in the receiver market by signing a four-year, $100 million contract. This is undoubtedly a guideline for the deal Metcalf is seeking, especially since they share the same agent, Tory Dandy of CAA sports.

Dandy also represents 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel, who, like Brown and Metcalf, was entering the final year of his rookie contract this year and requested a trade. There’s no indication that Metcalf wants to be traded — he’s indicated otherwise, in fact, but ESPN reported the Seahawks are getting calls from teams interested in Metcalf. They told them they weren’t buying the receiver, ESPN said – and that’s the position the Seahawks must continue to take as they reach a new contract.

I wrote the other day about how the Seahawks are looking for a new face for the franchise — and that Metcalf is the candidate most likely to take on that accolade. It’s just one of countless reasons the Seahawks should be motivated not to let this relationship unravel.

The hard truth is that the Seahawks need DK Metcalf more than Metcalf needs him. After trading Russell Wilson and releasing Bobby Wagner this offseason, Metcalf is the perfect person to revamp — a rising generational talent who is just 24 and seems to love it in Seattle. If they traded Metcalf, even Carroll would have to recognize that this is a rebuilding season, and he constitutionally opposes it.

But Metcalf also wants to be paid, and will be get paid, whether in Seattle or elsewhere. I continue to believe that the deal will be made with the Seahawks, and this absence is an inconvenience that will soon be forgotten. Yes, Metcalf is missing bonding time with the new quarterbacks and the rest of the receiver room; there is plenty of time to make up for that. But if his contract situation is still unresolved during training camp, it will be time to increase the storm warnings.

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