SEATTLE – The Seahawks are giving wide receiver Tyler Lockett a four-year contract extension of $ 69.2 million, including $ 37 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Wednesday.
Lockett was entering the final season of a three-year, $ 31.8 million overtime he signed in 2018. He’s had his best three seasons since, with 28 touchdowns (fifth among NFL receivers) and 3,076 yards (13th).
According to Spotrac.com, the average of $ 17.3 million in fresh money in Lockett’s extension ranks 10th among NFL receivers.
Lockett, 28, was a third-round pick by Seattle in 2015. He made the Pro Bowl and was a first-team All-Pro as a returning player in his rookie season, then came back from a broken leg at the end of the season. 2016 season to start every game in 2017. He has since supplanted retiree Doug Baldwin as Seattle’s No.1 wide receiver. Last season, Lockett and DK Metcalf became just the second pair of Seahawks receivers in team history to hit 1,000 yards in the same year.
With Metcalf one year away from becoming eligible for what should be a huge salary, there was no guarantee Seattle would reinvest in Lockett with a third contract.
Lockett showed a knack for improbable catches. Among players with at least 200 targets, he has the second-highest catch percentage compared to expectations since 2018 at plus-12%, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. This ability was demonstrated in an overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals last season, when Lockett had the most productive game of his career with 15 catches for 200 yards and three touchdowns.
“It’s one thing to take a capture like that at some point in your life, but to do it every time you have a chance is pretty crazy – and especially under the pressure and stress of the game. and the situation, all that, ”said coach Pete Carroll after that game. “He is a phenomenal and phenomenal footballer. ”
Quarterback Russell Wilson and Baldwin celebrated Lockett’s extension on Twitter:
The friend !!! @ TDLockett12 Let’s go !!!
You deserve it all! I love you, my brother! 💪🏾🙌🏾
– Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) 31 mars 2021
Yes @ TDLockett12 you received the lunch bill the next 16 times!
– Doug Baldwin Jr 🌹 (@DougBaldwinJr) 31 mars 2021
Lockett was expected to have the third highest cap of any Seahawks player in 2021 at $ 14.95 million. Its extension should lower that number and give Seattle the necessary leeway against Cape Town. That might help explain Lockett’s expansion schedule, which comes much earlier in the offseason than when the Seahawks typically make new deals for players already on contract.