3 reasons Seattle Seahawks WR DK Metcalf is right to hold out

DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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DK Metcalf is holding out of Seattle Seahawks minicamp. Here are 3 reasons why he is right to hold out and get the contract he deserves.

Seattle Seahawks Wide Receiver DK Metcalf is holding out of the team’s mandatory minicamp and his absence has been deemed “unexcused.”

Therefore Metcalf is susceptible to fines imposed by the team for not showing up.

Metcalf is completely right to hold out and here is why.

1. DK Metcalf was underdrafted and is now underpaid

DK Metcalf
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – DECEMBER 26: General Manager John Schneider of the Seattle Seahawks looks on before the game against the Chicago Bears at Lumen Field on December 26, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

DK Metcalf was a second-round pick (64th overall) however it was expected that he would go in the first.

Injury concerns and a lack of variety of routes in his college tape caused him to fall and Metcalf missed out on a substantial amount of money had he been taken in the first round.

Metcalf signed a four-year contract in 2019 worth $4.5 million dollars with a $1.3 million signing bonus.

In 2022 Metcalf is scheduled to make $3.9 million, which puts him under the top 100 highest-paid wide receivers in the NFL. Metcalf, based on average salary, is the 132nd highest-paid receiver in the league.

Based on Metcalf’s 2021 stats alone he is incredibly underpaid. Metcalf is seeking assurances that he going to be paid for his production and he deserves it.

In 2021 Metcalf came down with 967 receiving yards playing in all 17 games. Metcalf secured 75 catches on 129 targets and scored 12 touchdowns, the 4th most in the league amongst receivers.

So 4th most touchdowns in the league but paid less than 131 other wide receivers? Granted he is on his rookie deal and he was drafted in the second, but an extension worth his play and ability should be on the table, and Seahawks general manager John Schneider needs to make this a priority.

Let’s look at Metcalf’s quarterback situation and see if that may have motivated the holdout.