DK Metcalf and Seahawks agree to three-year, $72 million extension, now the NFL’s sixth-highest-paid wide receiver

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Seattle Seahawks don’t have to worry about a showdown with DK Metcalf, as the parties have agreed (by ESPN to a three-year, $72 million extension — $58.2 million guaranteed (per ESPN, confirmed by CBS Sports Josina Anderson). Metcalf was heading into the final year of his rookie contract.

Metcalf will receive a $30 million signing bonus, the highest for a wide receiver in league history. The deal will keep Metcalf in Seattle until he’s 27, as he’ll be tied with Stefon Diggs for the NFL’s sixth-highest-paid wide receiver. Only Tyreek Hill ($30 million), Davante Adams ($28 million), DeAndre Hopkins ($27,250,000), Cooper Kupp ($26,700,000) and AJ Brown ($25 million) are higher.

Metcalf, who reported to Seahawks camp but wouldn’t practice without a new deal, didn’t seem worried a long-term extension couldn’t be reached. Former Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson congratulated his ex-teammate on his new contract.

Metcalf is already off to a historic start in Seattle, with 216 catches for 3,170 yards and 29 touchdowns in his first three seasons — an average of 14.7 yards per catch. He is one of only eight players in NFL history to have 200 catches, 3,000 yards, 25 touchdowns and an average of more than 14 yards per catch after his first three seasons – joining Randy Moss, Jerry Rice, Tyreek Hill and others.

Metcalf finished with 75 catches for 967 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, averaging a career-low 12.9 yards per catch. He also finished with a career-best 3.1 drop percentage.

The Seahawks have signed Metcalf for the foreseeable future, giving him the opportunity to test the free agent market at its peak if he chooses.

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