Eagles Rumors: Star WR could be made available for trade this offseason
Since the 2019 draft, much has been made of Eagles GM Howie Roseman selecting WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside before DK Metcalf.
He may have a chance to rectify his mistake.
The latest rumors circling the league suggest that Seattle could be looking to move the star receiver in the upcoming offseason:
One name to watch being made available via trade this offseason is #Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf.— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) January 13, 2022
Would take a solid haul to get him but feeling is Seattle could move on from him.
After a frustrating season and speculation surrounding the future of Russell Wilson, the Seahawks may be headed for a full overhaul. From Seattle’s perspective, trading Metcalf would be foolish.
Even if Wilson eventually demands a trade, Metcalf is the type of building block teams covet when rebuilding. He’s coming off his third straight 900+ yard season and caught a career-high 12 TDs in 2021.
Metcalf has also made his desires clear about wanting to remain in Seattle. Yes, the Seahawks need every asset they can get once they tear this thing down; but their young Pro Bowl receiver shouldn’t be a casualty of it.
“I want to help bring a championship to the Seahawks organization,” Metcalf said. “Seattle is an incredible city and this fanbase is unmatched. I’m so grateful to be here and part of such a great culture. I try to not look too far into the future and really try to focus on what’s happening in the present, and right now, I’m very happy being in Seattle.”
For the Eagles, they have a chest full of assets at their disposal to construct their roster around Jalen Hurts. While Nick Sirianni has big aspirations for DeVonta Smith and Quez Watkins, they need another productive receiver to open things up for them.
As he enters the final year of his rookie deal, Metcalf’s cap number is set at $1.5M for 2022. He’s already been vocal about a new contract, so the Eagles would need to immediately work out an extension similar to when they traded for Darius Slay in 2020.
The 24-year-old wideout is projected to ask for around $20M/year, which would put him in the neighborhood of the 5-year/$100M deal Amari Cooper received as a 25-year-old on Dallas.
Is Metcalf deserving of that kind of money? Indeed he is. Should the Eagles be the ones to pay that money in addition to giving up treasured draft picks? I’ll leave it up for the readers to debate.
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