Pros and Cons to the New York Jets Acquiring DK Metcalf

With four picks in the 2022 NFL Draft’s first 40 selections, the New York Jets could, in theory, add a receiver with one of those selections. Alabama’s Jameson Williams is a proven deep threat, and Southern California’s Drake London is a dynamic threat who terrorized Pac-12 defenses before suffering a season-ending ankle injury midway through the 2021 season.

Or, Gang Green could go all-in and try to acquire Seattle Seahawks star receiver DK Metcalf ahead of the draft. We like that idea.

Pros: DK Metcalf could be a welcome addition to the Jets’ offense if all goes to plan

Sometimes, there’s no need to complicate things. Metcalf is an explosive offensive weapon, and the Jets are in desperate need of such a player.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Metcalf hauled in 216 catches, 3,170 yards, and 29 touchdowns in his first three seasons with the Seahawks. He earned Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro honors in 2020, when he totaled 83 catches, 1,303 yards, and 10 touchdowns in 16 games.

Keep in mind the Jets haven’t had a player record 80 catches or 1,000 yards in a single season since 2015. So, yes, the Ole Miss product would likely be a welcome change to what Gang Green is accustomed to at receiver.

If the Jets intend on actually helping young quarterback Zach Wilson develop next season, they’d be wise to continue pursuing another proven wideout. New York reportedly came close to acquiring Kansas City Chiefs star Tyreek Hill in March before he decided to join the Miami Dolphins.

There’s no sense in giving up and trying to land a talented and established receiver, especially when the Jets have draft picks to spare. Metcalf, who will play almost the entire 2022 season at 24 years old, fits the bill here.

Cons: We still don’t really know what Metcalf can do when Russell Wilson isn’t his quarterback

Metcalf played every game in his first two seasons with Russell Wilson at quarterback, and that relationship continued early into the 2021 campaign. Then, Wilson went down with a thumb injury in early October, and Metcalf spent the next few weeks catching passes from Geno Smith.

The 2020 Pro Bowl selection handled himself well in that span, totaling 14 catches, 197 yards, and three touchdowns in three games without Wilson. Of course, Wilson is now playing for the Denver Broncos, so Metcalf is guaranteed to have a new full-time quarterback either way.

Still, the Jets must ask themselves how Metcalf will fare with Zach Wilson, not Russell, throwing his way. It is worth noting, though, that the Jets apparently felt comfortable enough to seriously pursue Hill, who had spent the last four seasons thriving with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback.

If the Dolphins were willing to acquire and extend Hill before he even played a game with Tua Tagovailoa, should the Jets do the same with Metcalf?

Should the Jets acquire Metcalf?

Seattle Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf in 2021.
Will Seattle Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf play for the New York Jets in 2022? | Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Metcalf is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and he’ll likely attract no shortage of suitors on the open market next season. If the Jets added him now, they could extend the Ole Miss product and ensure he’s under contract for the years to come.

As tempted as I am to suggest the Jets shouldn’t make such a move, there are too many reasons why the Super Bowl 3 champions should acquire Metcalf. He’s the big-bodied, athletic receiver the Jets require if they’re to finally put a decade of losing and misery behind them.

The Dolphins went all-out for Hill in hopes of winning a playoff game for the first time in over 20 years. Out west, the Las Vegas Raiders did the same thing with Davante Adams. Why shouldn’t the Jets, who have the cap space and picks to make such a splash, follow in their footsteps and bring Metcalf to MetLife Stadium?

Sorry, Seahawks fans, but we’re in favor of this move. Luckily for Seahawks fans, the odds of the team trading Metcalf to the Jets feel unlikely at this point.

This, luckily for Jets fans, means the trade will happen early on Thursday, April 28, and inspire a night of celebration in the tri-state area. I know how this works by now.

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