With the trade of Russell Wilson from Seattle to Denver, the Seahawks organization has signaled the beginning of a rebuild. Metcalf returning for the 2022 season means that he is the most notable offensive skill player on the team and will likely be the focal point for whatever quarterback leads the team.
Last season, Metcalf ranked 12th among qualified wide receivers with an 82.5 receiving grade, finishing the season with 75 catches for 967 yards with 12 touchdowns. Additionally, the 24-year-old Ole Miss product saw the most targets, receptions and receiving touchdowns of any Seahawks pass-catcher.
Seattle Seahawks Pass-Catchers | 2021
|Will Dissly (TE)||26||21||231||1||58.8|
*Minimum 25 targets
In addition to receiving a multitude of targets, Metcalf has been an excellent option on deep passes of 20-plus yard passes.
Since he was drafted in 2019, two 90.0-plus receiving-grade seasons. In 2021, he caught 13-of-30 targets for 475 yards and five touchdowns for a 91.1 grade. Standing tall at 6-foot-3, 239 pounds, he has produced a PFF WAR of 0.35.
While it's apparent that the Seahawks are looking to the future, he's the only receiver who saw at least 110 targets the past three seasons. When this extension ends, and it's time to either re-sign or find another team, Metcalf will be 27.
This move is proof that he believes in the team's direction and wants to stick with the momentum of the rebuild, rather than spend some of his valuable young years with another organization.