Who’s going to pay big time wide receivers?

DK and Deebo

The receiver position has been in flux all offseason and new contracts have been the main driver as to why. DaVante Adams, Tyreek Hill and AJ Brown are all on new teams with new deals, while we still await the conclusion of the Deebo Samuel/Niners stalemate. Teams are shying away from paying big 2nd or 3rd contracts to receivers and instead are opting to drafting receivers early as they are much more cost controlled. Let’s take a look at some of the other receivers expecting new deals and how the situation could play out.

DK Metcalf

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – DECEMBER 05: DK Metcalf #14 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on during the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Lumen Field on December 05, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

AJ Browns Ole Miss teammate is also looking for a new deal. Metcalf has faith that he will be able to agree to an extension with the Seahawks and I agree. Seattle is lacking star power now after trading Russell Wilson but they still want to compete and Metcalf helps check both of those boxes. I would imagine the deal would come in slightly under AJ Browns new extension and the Seahawks lock up Metcalf for his age 25-29 seasons.

Stay or Go?: Stay with Seattle on a 4 year extension.

Terry McLaurin

Terry McLaurin
Jan 2, 2022; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) is tackled after catching a pass by Philadelphia Eagles free safety Avonte Maddox (29) during the second quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

McLaurin is one of the more under appreciated players in the league but playing with the constant Washington Commanders QB carousel has not helped. These negotiations have not gone as smoothly as Metcalf and the Seahawks, with an NFL insider saying these negotiations could get explosive. McLaurin wants to be paid like a top guy and if the Commanders don’t act soon this could go south quickly.

Stay or Go?: Go.

Deebo Samuel

Deebo Samuel
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – DECEMBER 23: Deebo Samuel #19 of the San Francisco 49ers runs with the ball in the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on December 23, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Deebo and the Niners have had by far the most public negotiation of the offseason yet we still do not have a resolution. The Niners love Deebo and want to keep him, but they believe in “waiting your turn” when it comes to new contracts. Deebo according to reports wants to run the ball less and wants to be paid now. There seems to be a happy medium here and I imagine it will be reached. This has been dragging on too long for it to not be resolved. The Niners haven’t thought about trading him and Deebo is still playing nice, even after all the drama it seems like a successful marriage is on the horizon.

Stay or Go?: Stay, contract extension worth slightly more than the AJ Brown extension.

What are your thoughts about the current wide receiver landscape? Is it going the way of the running back? Or solidifying itself as a premium position like edge, OT or QB?

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