DK Metcalf admits to bluffing Seahawks in negotiations earlier than new deal struck

Because the ink dried on his new contract extension, Seattle Seahawks large receiver DK Metcalf was capable of let the cat out of the bag: He bluffed his workforce in negotiations.

Metcalf advised that he used the specter of a “hold-in” to normal supervisor John Schneider to get the 2 sides nearer to a deal.

“I used to be going to be right here, as a lot as I bluffed to John,” Metcalf mentioned Friday. “I wasn’t leaving, simply to allow you to all know. I needed to be right here. I needed to play right here and I am glad that we bought one thing accomplished.”

The hold-in tactic — reporting to camp however not collaborating till a deal is struck — has been a extra frequent negotiating ploy by gamers this cycle. And it labored.

The Seahawks and Metcalf got here to settlement on a three-year, $72 million extension on Friday. The contract features a $30 million signing bonus, the most important for a large receiver, and a complete of $58 million assured. It runs by means of the 2025 season, proper after he turns 28 years previous.

It was the newest in a line of high-profile receivers across the NFL receiving large new offers this offseason. The Seahawks and Metcalf started negotiations on the NFL Scouting Mix in March.

Metcalf had been heading into the ultimate yr of his rookie deal and would have been a free agent subsequent spring had no new deal been reached. Though the Seahawks might have used the franchise tag on Metcalf subsequent spring, they appeared motivated to get a deal accomplished now.

Schneider additionally advised he wasn’t involved about Metcalf’s threats of not enjoying.

“We knew he was a man that was going to be right here, we needed to have right here for a very long time to ensure that us to offer for the (followers) a championship workforce,” Schneider mentioned.

Regardless of the case, the contract bought accomplished. Either side can declare they gained if they need, however the backside line is that among the finest younger receivers is locked up for the fast future.