Seahawks Star DK Metcalf Blindsided By Russell Wilson Trade and Bobby Wagner’s Release

It’s been quite the offseason for the Seattle Seahawks. They traded Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos and released star middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. Both moves happened on the same day and took a toll on wide receiver DK Metcalf.

Metcalf built close bonds with the two Seahawks legends. The veteran leaders took the 24-year-old under their wings, and he learned a lot from them. Unfortunately, Metcalf heads into the 2022 NFL season without either one by his side. Now, Seattle appears to be in a complete rebuild, with the Pro Bowl wideout as the current face of the franchise.

DK Metcalf was shocked the Seahawks traded Russell Wilson

Seahawks WR DK Metcalf looks on during game against the Rams; Broncos QB Russell Wilson poses for photo at press conference
DK Metcalf of the Seattle Seahawks warms up before facing the Los Angeles Rams | Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images; Russell Wilson participates in introductory Denver Broncos press conference | Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Rumblings of Russell Wilson’s future in Seattle rang throughout the entire 2021 season. The star quarterback appeared open to getting traded during the previous offseason, so it wasn’t farfetched that he’d want out after a disappointing 7-10 season.

The rumors finally came to fruition, as the Seahawks traded Wilson to the Denver Broncos for a package of players and draft picks.

DK Metcalf just finished his third NFL season and had developed a strong rapport with the nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback. Losing the guy who gets him the football obviously wasn’t ideal. Metcalf recently appeared on SHOWTIME Basketball’s KG Certified and opened up on how he learned about the trade.

“I was at a Gatorade shoot when I got the news,” said Metcalf. “I was just in shock because I didn’t think it was going to happen. The player personnel guy called me and said, ‘Hey, this may happen.’ An hour later, it happened. I ain’t hear from Pete later that night and John. I was very shocked because I never thought he was going to leave Seattle.”

The Pro Bowl wideout reveals Bobby Wagner getting cut hurt him

Losing Russell Wilson was already a major blow for DK Metcalf, but Bobby Wagner’s departure may have been an even tougher pill for him to swallow.

The Seahawks released the veteran middle linebacker to save money after giving his heart and soul to the organization for 10 seasons. Metcalf revealed that he and Wagner were close friends off the field.

“Me and Bobby were [tight],” he said. “That was my guy. When he left, that hurt. Like, we would work out every Tuesday. I would go over to his crib, and we’ll play pool. That was like my big brother, and he’s gone now. He taught me a lot, and I know I’m going to take that into the next season and the rest of my years in the NFL.”

“Just for him to get cut like that, and he didn’t do anything wrong. He was the perfect professional that you would ask for or any organization wants.”

Many young players in the league seek out mentors who have been there and done that. Bobby Wagner was that guy for DK Metcalf, and the star wide receiver will have to press forward without him.

Metcalf believes it’s his time to lead in Seattle

Moving on from Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner on the same day officially marked the end of an era for the Seattle Seahawks. With both veterans gone, the team will look to DK Metcalf to step into more of a leadership role.

Heading into his fourth season in the league, Metcalf is ready to accept the challenge.

“I just finished year three, going into year four,” he said. “I think it’s time for me to step up and be a leader. You know, it’s my time in Seattle now. That’s the way I look at it. With Russ and Bobby there, it gave me more time to joke around. I was able to take a back seat because we already had our designated leaders there. But now, since I’ve been trying to run from it for so long, God was like, I’m going to throw you in that fire early.”

The Pro Bowl receiver has had some issues with maturity, but now, he has a chance to be the face of the franchise. It could be a long year for Pete Carroll’s squad. However, DK Metcalf can solidify his future as the new leader of the Seahawks.

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