DK Metcalf dropped out of Seahawks camp amid contract negotiations

Wide receiver DK Metcalfewho is still waiting for a new contract with Seattle Seahawkswas a spectator on the first day of training camp due to ongoing contract extension negotiations with the team.

Being on the sidelines gave him a pretty good look at Seattle’s biggest question. Metcalf watched Geno Smith take the first round of snaps with Seattle’s No. 1 offense on the opening day of camp Wednesday. Smith’s opening-day nod was expected, and Seattle coach Pete Carroll again named Smith the leading rusher with Drew Lock as Russell Wilson’s replacement.

But the quarterback competition will be a long, drawn-out battle that is expected to continue into the preseason. The more pressing question for Seattle is the Metcalf situation and how long the current contract stalemate can last.

When Seattle broke away from minicamp in June — a mandatory event that Metcalf missed — there appeared to be optimism that a deal would be reached. And while Metcalf is reporting to camp to avoid a fine, there is still no agreement in place to keep Metcalf in Seattle beyond this season.

“We were hoping. We were hoping, so we tried to get it,” Carroll said of already having a deal before camp started. “We’re right there now and there’s a lot of work being done right now.”

On “The Herd,” Colin Cowherd reacts to Metcalf’s decision to not attend camp and sit out practice and foreshadows what it means for the Seahawks this season.

“[He’s] great player. Reminds me of Dez Bryant. Dude walks into the end zone. … Do you know why he wants a new contract a year early? Because he’s not going to get the ball from Drew Lock or Geno Smith. His numbers are going to plummet — and he wants that money,” Cowherd said.

“[Seattle] is the worst team in the league not named Atlanta. They will win three games. … There are no leaders in this locker room. … This locker room could be a post-fireworks mess by Week 8.”

DK Metcalf did not practice at Seahawks camp due to a contract situation

DK Metcalf did not practice at Seahawks camp due to a contract situation

Colin Cowherd breaks down what Metcalf’s absence means for the Seahawks and why they will miss QB Russell Wilson this season.

Metcalf is currently running what is informally called a “holdout,” a strategy that has become popular among players looking for a new deal: Players aren’t fined $40,000 a day for missing work, but they don’t risk injury , participating in a workout, according to The Athletic.

Metcalf and San Francisco’s Deebo Samuel are the latest in a class of wide receivers in line for new contracts in an offseason filled with trades for pass catchers.

Metcalf is entering the final year of his rookie contract, which will pay him about $3.99 million for the upcoming season. He appears to be in line for an extension compared to what AJ Brown, Cooper Kupp and other wide receivers received this offseason.

Carroll noted that Metcalf is fully recovered from offseason foot surgery, so his absence from practice is not health-related. Seattle is very adept at dealing with players looking for new deals who show up but don’t work out until the contract situation is settled, having gone through it in recent years with Bobby Wagner, Jamal Adams and Dwayne Brown.

While Metcalf’s status remains in limbo, the quarterback situation remains just as unsettled and will likely remain so into August. Carroll didn’t entertain the idea of ​​putting a deadline on when a decision should be made, stressing the importance of preseason games in making a final decision between Smith and Locke.

It’s the first time Seattle has faced a quarterback decision in training camp since Wilson’s debut season in 2012, when he beat out Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson for the job.

For Carol, it feels a little like college again.

“You guys forget that I was a college coach for a while and guys graduated all the time. Heisman Trophy winners were graduating and we went to the next guy,” Carroll said. “And you always miss it when the boys leave. But you can see it and you start planning it and you work and you can be successful… I’m taking it in stride, but I’m really determined to make it work.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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