It’s officially been reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that DK Metcalf is not present for Seattle’s mandatory mini-camp. Although DK is currently rehabbing from foot surgery he had early in the off-season, it’s a known fact that he wants a new deal and is waiting on an extension. Seahawks head coach Pete Carrol commented on the situation a few days ago and said the next few weeks would be crucial, and “hopes” the teams work it out. Seattle has a track record for paying their guys however given the team’s current situation, they might actually opt not to and start taking calls if they haven’t already. If that opportunity does arise, here are three reasons why the Bears should absolutely pursue DK Metcalf this summer.
1. Maximize Justin Fields Rookie Window
One of the most valuable things in the NFL is a rookie QB on a rookie deal. Seattle is very familiar with this concept as they won a Super Bowl using this method with Russell Wilson under center. As of writing this, the Seahawks are currently having a QB battle that involves Geno Smith and Drew Lock. Not sure DK or Seattle for that matter is confident that one of those two will be the guy moving forward. Shopping DK would obviously speed up their own rebuild and help fill a glaring need that Chicago currently has at wide receiver. Don’t get me wrong, I love Darnell Mooney. I’m also excited about the additions of Velus Jones Jr. and Byron Pringle. However, add DK Metcalf to that receiving room and I think the Bears could be on the brink of something special. The Bears likely won’t contend in 2022 even with this addition. But if they can get Metcalf without giving up their 2023 first, that would be huge. A deal that might be possible is one Robert Schmitz of the Windy City Gridiron threw out a couple days ago.
He has the Bears giving up their 2023 2nd and 3rd round picks + a 2nd rounder in 2024 for DK.
I’d be willing to give up a first for Metcalf but if Seattle would take the proposed deal above, sign me the **** up.
2. Perfect Fit
As Matt Eberflus mentioned, Justin throws a very pretty deep ball. Now imagine a defense having to deal with the combination of both Darnell Mooney and DK Metcalf to go along with Fields pin-point accuracy. The potential is fun to think about. Luke Getsy could get in his bag and get very creative or he could simply let Fields cook. With an addition like this, the Bears receiving room would get a significant boost. Perhaps all the way from bottom ten to top ten. Might be getting carried away with that prediction but I said what I said. I remember what Brandon Marshall did for Jay Cutler his first couple years with the Bears. Allbeit two different situations, I just see a lot of Marshall in DK referring to skill set and their size. I believe a Fields and DK combination could put up similar results but with less drama.
DK METCALF GOES 84 YARDS. #Seahawks
— NFL (@NFL) October 26, 2021
3. The Bears Know What They Are Getting
Since entering the NFL three years ago, DK Metcalf has 3,170 total receiving yards along with 29 touchdowns. He is 24 years old.
I’ve had conversations with some fans and they are reluctant to deal away assets in order to acquire DK. The two reasons I often get are “the Bears are tanking this year and will get a high pick” or “he’s too expensive”. First off, if you think the Bears are tanking you don’t believe in Justin Fields. And if that’s the case, find another team. Obviously kidding (kinda). And to answer that second rebuttal, all WR are getting paid. You can thank Christian Kirk. I know some want to wait and grab a WR in next years draft and that could very well work out given the track record receivers coming out of college have nowadays. But not too long ago the Bears drafted Kevin White and even though it was health that derailed his career it still set the Bears back. Why take the risk in the draft when you might not have to?
I say give me the guy who is 6’4, 235 LBS, and runs a 4.3 forty.
Not to mention he has already established himself as a WR1 in the NFL and is only getting better.
A move like this makes too much sense if you ask me. But then again, what do I know.