Five potential landing spots as speculation mounts



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The Packers, Jets and Chiefs are among the teams that make sense

Pete Carroll hinted at how the Seahawks plan to keep receiver DK Metcalf, similar to what the head coach said before the organization traded Russell Wilson, fueling speculation the star wideout could land elsewhere this offseason.

Metcalf, who is entering the final season of his rookie contract, should be traded by Seattle to play for another team during the 2022 campaign. The 2019 second round pick, which surprisingly fell by the draft and has since made other teams regret it, is likely to be on the cusp of a big payday given recent contracts with Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams – both a tier above Metcalf – along with Christian Kirk.

It has prompted many to think about where Metcalf might land if the Seahawks traded him.

Here are five options with betting prizes courtesy of Bookies.com.

Green Bay Packers +500
The Packers earned back their first and second rounds by trading Adams with the Las Vegas Raiders two weeks ago. But the organization has based that more on Adams wanting to play elsewhere, rather than Green Bay not wanting to pay him. The Packers now need a new No. 1 receiver with Aaron Rodgers locked up long-term, and Metcalf would be one to move the needle represented by the 5-to-1 bet prices. Green Bay has two first-rounders (No. 22, 28) and two second-rounders in this year’s draft after the Adams trade. They also keep each of their top picks in future drafts.

New York Jets +550
The Jets have reportedly cut ties with a number of receivers entering their final year of contract – AJ Brown, Deebo Samuel, Metcalf – after missing Hill. The Jets reported that the trading package to the Chiefs was also somewhat expanded, indicating they are looking to land a top wideout. On the field, Metcalf would give sophomore quarterback Zach Wilson a No. 1 wideout, while off the field it feels like he would enjoy the bright lights. New York has a pair of first-rounders (including a top-five pick and Seattle’s of the Jamal Adams trade, No. 10) and two second-rounders in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Kansas City Chiefs +750
The Chiefs got a catch when they sent Hill to the Dolphins with Miami and then paid the fast wideout more than any non-quarterback. However, the trade gives Patrick Mahomes one less receiver to throw at. Kansas City signed JuJu Smith-Schuster to a one-year deal, but locking Metcalf on an extension would be welcomed by their superstar quarterback with KC in win-now mode. As with both the Packers and Jets, the Chiefs have a pair of first-rounders (No. 29, 30) and second-rounders in this year’s draft.

Chicago bears +900
The Bears could use a pass-catcher in the development of sophomore QB Justin Fields. Chicago saw Allen Robinson sign with the Los Angeles Rams in free agency and now there is a reception room headlined by Darnell Mooney and Byron Pringle. That’s rough. Chicago doesn’t have a first-rounder in the upcoming draft, but does have a few second-rounders and their future firsts. Perhaps the Seahawks would rather send Metcalf to a non-title contender, despite Seattle seemingly being far from relevant? It makes those 9-to-1 odds a bit tempting.

Washington Commanders (the +5000 field)
Washington, crazy as it may be, has arguably the best receiving group of anyone listed here. Wideout Commanders Terry McLaurin was drafted in the third round of the same draft as Metcalf, adding him to the roster of wideouts entering the final year of their rookie contract. McLaurin has had a big impact on the Commanders (1,000 yards each for the last two seasons) and Metcalf would offer a similar combination with McLaurin as he does with Tyler Lockett in Seattle. One aspect that could deter Washington from doing this is the fact that they would have to lock up both McLaurin and Metcalf, but after trading for Carson Wentz this offseason, the team could try adding another playmaker.

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