The Washington Post

Metcalf says he bluffed in Seahawks contract talks


Once the deal was signed and DK Metcalf had the security and financial reward he was seeking, the Seattle Seahawks’ young wide receiver could acknowledg­e he played some games through the negotiatio­n process.

“I was going to be here, as much as I bluffed to [General Manager] John [Schneider],” Metcalf said with a chuckle Friday. “I wasn’t leaving, just to let you all know. I wanted to be here. I wanted to play here, and I’m glad that we got something done.”

Metcalf became the latest in a line of wide receivers to land big new contracts when he signed a three-year extension with Seattle. The deal is worth up to $72 million, with $58 million guaranteed, and keeps him wrapped up through the 2025 season. • CHIEFS: During his annual trip to training camp in St. Joseph, Mo., Kansas City Chairman Clark Hunt said the team would prefer to renovate the aging Arrowhead Stadium instead of building a new stadium. But that will depend on a number of studies that are examining the structural integrity of a building celebratin­g its opening 50 years ago this season.

The Chiefs have shared the Truman Sports Complex with the Kansas City Royals since the 1970s, but new Royals ownership could move the team to a downtown site. Both teams’ leases last through the 2030-31 seasons.

• BUCCANEERS: Center Ryan Jensen is expected to miss at least a couple of months with a left knee injury.

Coach Todd Bowles said Tampa Bay is still waiting on results from an MRI exam to determine the severity of the injury, which Jensen suffered in Thursday’s practice.

• TEXANS: Coach Lovie Smith said rookie cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. will be limited early in camp as he continues his recovery from left foot surgery.

But Smith added that the third overall pick in the draft should be ready for Houston’s season opener Sept. 11 against Indianapol­is.

• BRONCOS: Defensive tackle Derek Wolfe announced his retirement, saying a hip injury that required a second operation made it too hard to spend an 11th year in the league.

The 32-year-old Wolfe, who was released by Baltimore in June with an injury settlement, signed a oneday deal to retire in Denver, where he spent eight seasons.

• JETS: Linebacker Kwon Alexander signed a one-year deal with New York, reuniting him with Coach Robert Saleh.

The 27-year-old Alexander spent last season and part of 2020 with New Orleans after 11/2 years in San Francisco with Saleh as his defensive coordinato­r.

• VIKINGS: Former defensive end Jared Allen will be inducted into Minnesota’s ring of honor this fall, the team announced.

Allen had 85.5 sacks and was a three-time all-pro selection in six years with the Vikings. He will be inducted Oct. 30 against Arizona.

• BEARS: Center Lucas Patrick is out indefinite­ly with a right hand injury, leaving a retooled offensive line without an important piece.

• 49ERS: Defensive lineman Arik Armstead will miss a couple of weeks of practice with a right knee sprain, but Coach Kyle Shanahan doesn’t believe it will be a long-term issue.

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