DK Metcalf is about to become the next NFL wide receiver to make big money.
The Seattle Seahawks star has been missing from mandatory mini camp as discussions with the front office have rumbled on. But the end may be in sight, as Metcalf looks set to pen a new multi-year extension, according to Bleacher Report.
Analysts estimate that the contract could be worth $110 million for four years, with over $70 fully guaranteed. A contract in that range would make Metcalf the third highest-paid wideout in the league, behind the Miami Dolphins' Tyreek Hill and the Las Vegas Raiders' Davante Adams, who both penned new deals this off-season.
Plenty of NFL experts have suggested that the Seahawks should look to trade DK Metcalf. But head coach Pete Carroll recently stressed the importance of the next few weeks in regards to getting a deal signed:
"These are crucial weeks to get something done."
Is DK Metcalf a top-3 wide receiver?
Regardless of whether DK Metcalf is or isn't a top-three wide receiver, it appears that he is about to be paid like one.
The obvious comparison is with his former college teammate A.J. Brown. He pocketed a $100 million four-year contract from the Philadelphia Eagles on draft night, following his surprise trade from the Tennessee Titans. Brown is currently the fifth-highest-paid WR in the league.
During his three years in the league, DK Metcalf has caught 216 passes for 3,170 yards and 29 touchdowns, and averages 4.4 catches a game for 65 yards. By comparison, fellow Ole Miss product Brown has 185 receptions for 2,995 yards and 24 touchdowns, at an average of 4.3 catches per game for 70 yards.
In terms of production, there is very little between the pair. But Metcalf has proven to be fitter than Brown, who has had a number of injury issues over the past few season.
Both have spent their careers functioning in run-heavy offenses. But while Brown established himself as the clear No. 1 receiver in Tennessee, Metcalf and Tyler Lockett duelled it out in Seattle to be Russell Wilson's go-to target.
Interestingly, both are signed to the same agent, so it should come as no surprise that they are about to be paid at a similar level.
There is definitely more to come from the Ole Miss alumni, but whether Drew Lock or Geno Smith are capable of extracting that from him is a different matter altogether.
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