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As with any early stage camp, no podiums meant the bigger questions were the ones that could be immediately obvious, and that’s exactly where we started this week’s takeaway: Who’s sore, who’s sitting, and who’s playing with those?
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DK Metcalfe reported with the rest of the Seattle players on Tuesday but, as expected, remained on the sidelines in practice when camp opened on Wednesday.
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Metcalf chatted with fellow recipients, followed the group during stand-up rehearsals, and waved a wave to a group of dozens of enthusiastic young Seahawks fans chanting and shouting his name (the waving didn’t go on, but the cheering continued, much to the gloom). Just feet away.)
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Metcalfe and Seattle have had ongoing talks about extending the 24-year-old star, but those talks have yet to yield a deal. Back in June, Carroll lamented that the two sides had not yet been able to finalize the matter.
“There have been conversations and we are kind of pretty quiet now (before the training camp),” Carroll said after training at the small camps. “These are crucial weeks to get something done. We will see what happens and hopefully we can do something. We were really intending to get that done.”
They haven’t yet. And until they do, Metcalfe is supposed to stay off the field. It’s worth noting that Metcalf’s involvement case is not the result of foot surgery, Carroll emphasized.
“We are working (on a deal),” Carroll told reporters after training on Wednesday. “I don’t have any update for you. But we are working.”
Metcalf isn’t the only young star who chose to stop training during contract negotiations: San Francisco’s Depo Samuel and Chargers’ Derwin James are also holding on. .
Carroll made it clear that the team intends to keep Metcalfe in Seattle. The problem is – in all likelihood – the problem of adhesive trauma. Unfamiliar trades in major receivers and new deals mean that the Metcalf and Seahawks are eyeing a floor of $24-25 million annually.
They have one clear incentive to close the deal before free agency next spring: If the Seahawks don’t pay Metcalf what they want, another team will.
Jeno Smith stays with them
It’s not a Drew Luke show yet. Geno Smith stayed with the first team, as he did through the minicamp, while Lock took his shots with the duo.
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“Drew had a very, very good vacation with us,” Carroll said. “He’s late in learning so he’s catching up. But he’s a really talented footballer. They’re not exactly the same, but they’re both great players who can throw and run… Gino is up front now and he’s ahead and he’s not looking back, he’s going for it. And Drew won’t take a back seat. So something’s going to happen… It’s going to be interesting to see.”
Ken Walker’s third run back had a few great laps through 11 on 11. Buck’s corner was Tariq Wolin, a pick his sport made him too tempting to miss in the drag, was longer than any other corner. But only the intervention of Charles Cross left, No. 9 overall, succeeded with those.
Seattle’s youngest players – Walker, Wolin, Kobe Bryant, Bo Melton, Boy Maffei, Abraham Lucas and Darricki Young – may be exciting fans, but the competition theme for Carroll is still alive and well. Jake Korhan started the 2021 free-agent showdown with the first team (the starting offensive line left to right was Kroos, Damien Lewis, Austin Blythe, Gabe Jackson and Korhan) while Sidney Jones and Artie Burns started at every corner point, ahead of Bryant Wallen.
Rookie linebacker Tyreke Smith (hip) has been put on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list to start camp, although Carroll said he is close to a comeback. (As a reminder, there is no minimum time for PUP-listed players in pre-season; they can be activated at any time during camp.) Smith was getting one-on-one work with a coach before training.
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