The Jacksonville Jaguars have done a good job of revamping their wide receiver corps this offseason, signing Christian Kirk and Zay Jones in free agency. While the unit still has room for more talent, the Jags are better off not pursuing DK Metcalf, who could be available in trade.
Jeremy Fowler of ESPN recently said on SportsCenter that the Seattle Seahawks have informally told Metcalf that he won’t be traded but notes that “he could be ultimately had at the right price“, via Bleacher Report.
"“Seattle has said publicly they have no intention to trade him. But the execs I talk to keep bringing him up that maybe they would either be willing to move on at the right price or that Metcalf would welcome a change. So, something is going on here; it’s just hard to figure out what. But he’s got one year left on his rookie deal. He would need a new contract as part of a trade. That’s the tricky part.”"
Even though Metcalf was one of the most physically dominant players in the 2019 NFL Draft, he nearly slid to the third round before the Hawks took him with the last pick of the second round, the 64th overall. In his three-year tenure in Seattle, the Mississippi product has appeared in 49 games with 48 starts and has caught 216 receptions for 3,170 yards with 29 touchdowns. Looking at that kind of production, it’s easy to see why teams would be interested in acquiring his services.
The Jaguars could use DK Metcalf but so does every other NFL team.
First, it’s not a sure thing the Seahawks will shop Metcalf. Then again, they said they didn’t “intend to trade Russell Wilson” and ultimately sent him packing to the Denver Broncos. Something similar could happen with Metcalf. Maybe Seattle does want to hold onto him but if a club makes an offer that is too good to pass up, they could end up trading the receiver, which brings us to the Jaguars.
Before free agency, it would have made sense for Jacksonville to attempt to acquire Metcalf but after signing Kirk and Jones, it no longer seems like a realistic option. The team’s brass already invested plenty of resources in their wide receiver corps and they have other expenses to address, mainly signing their 2022 draft class.
If the Jaguars were one wide receiver away from making a playoff run, they should then pull the trigger on a trade for Metcalf but that’s not the case. Instead, they’re a team that needs to learn how to win and is several pieces away from becoming a contender. Simply, it wouldn’t make much sense to give up draft picks for Metcalf and give him a new deal.
For better or worse, the Jags already made several moves to revamp their roster this offseason. Before they make any more, they need to see what they have in the players they signed in free agency and as much as Metcalf could help them, this wouldn’t be a good time to trade for him.