When the ink on his new contract extension dried, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.C. Metcalfe was able to let the cat out of the bag: he was bluffing his team in negotiations.
Metcalfe suggested that he used a “hold” threat on CEO John Schneider to bring both parties closer to a deal.
“I was going to be here despite bluffing John,” Metcalfe said Friday. “I didn’t mean to leave, just so you all know. I wanted to be here. I wanted to play here and I’m glad we did something.”
The containment tactic of reporting to the camp but not engaging until a deal was struck was the more common ploy of the players in the negotiations this cycle. And it worked.
On Friday, the Seahawks and Metcalfe agreed to a three-year, $72 million extension. The contract includes a $30 million signing bonus, the largest for a general recipient, and a $58 million guaranteed total. It will run until the 2025 season, just after he turns 28.
He was the latest in a string of high-profile wide receivers in the NFL to receive major new contracts this offseason. The Seahawks and Metcalfe began talks at an NFL scouting unit in March.
Metcalfe was nearing the final year of his rookie contract and could have become a free agent next spring had a new deal not been struck. Although the Seahawks could use the franchise tag at Metcalfe next spring, they appeared to be interested in making a deal now.
Schneider also suggested that he was unfazed by Metcalfe’s threats not to play.
“We knew he was going to be the guy that would be here, we had to be here for a long time so we could provide (fans) with a championship team,” Schneider said.
Be that as it may, the contract was fulfilled. Both sides can claim victory if they want to, but the bottom line is that one of the top young receivers is locked up for the foreseeable future.