By trading All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill, the Kansas City Chiefs have opened the door for serious upgrades to be made at the WR position this offseason. They did sign free agents Juju Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. However, further upgrades will be needed if the Chiefs want to contend for a Super Bowl in 2022 … which is where possible interest in Seattle Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf enters the equation.
The Seahawks haven’t officially placed Metcalf on the trade block. However, following the departure of Russell Wilson in Seattle, one can reasonably assume the Seahawks are willing to take calls on just about anyone.
The Chiefs are reportedly interested in D.K. Metcalf
This should come with little surprise, but the Chiefs have, in fact, expressed interest in Metcalf. Most teams have probably put in a call for the star wideout for what it’s worth. Metcalf is one of the best deep threats in the NFL and arguably the most physically well-rounded player in the league.
Every team in the NFL — including the Chiefs — could use someone with his skill set.
The tricky part, of course, is convincing the Seahawks to part ways with Metcalf. While Seattle is indeed nearing a rebuilding era of football, it would still cost a significant amount of draft capital to get the deal done. The Chiefs have a solid amount of draft picks following the Tyreek Hill trade with the Miami Dolphins. However, one can also argue the Chiefs would be better suited using those picks on rookies, instead of packaging them for another veteran wide receiver who is about to become extremely expensive (Metcalf is a free agent after this season).
D.K. Metcalf shot down the idea of joining the Chiefs
Despite Patrick Mahomes and Metcalf looking like a perfect match on paper, the current Seahawks WR seemingly has no interest in being traded to Kansas City.
When prompted with the idea by a Chiefs fan on Twitter, Metcalf laughed it off, effectively telling the Chiefs to close the door on acquiring him this season.
Metcalf might be committed to turning things around in Seattle. However, it’s essential to acknowledge the Seahawks are the ones who started listening to calls on their star wide receiver in the first place.
The Seahawks may very well trade their star WR
It might not be to the Chiefs, but the Seahawks could easily trade Metcalf this season to a contender willing to surrender draft capital for his services. Metcalf is still on his rookie contract and has yet to be extended — the perfect type of cheap player for money-tight teams to target around the deadline.
Metcalf might be feeling uneasy toward departing Seattle now. However, it’s also important to point out the Seahawks’ current starting quarterback is Drew Lock. A couple of regular-season games catching passes from him (or struggling to catch passes) could see Metcalf become more inclined to trade opportunities at the NFL trade deadline.
Regardless, a Metcalf-to-Kansas-City trade doesn’t look like it’s happening anytime soon. The Chiefs will likely be forced to roll into Week 1 with Smith-Schuster and Valdes-Scantling as their main wideouts.