Tyler Lockett

Seahawks, Tyler Lockett Agree To Restructure

TODAY, 9:00pm: ESPN’s Brady Henderson has passed along some details on Lockett’s reworked contract. The receiver will receive an $8MM signing bonus for his effort. Lockett will be attached to a $4.66MM base salary in 2024, and he can earn another $4MM via incentives.

In 2025, Lockett will earn a $10MM base salary, and he can earn another $1.7MM via per-game roster bonuses. He’ll also earn a $5.3MM roster bonus due on the fifth day of the 2025 league year.

MARCH 9, 8:30pm: Tyler Lockett‘s future has achieved clarity for at least the 2024 season. The veteran Seahawks wideout’s contract has been restructured, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

The new deal is two years in length and has a base value of $30MM. That figure includes almost $13MM guaranteed for the 2024 campaign, Garafolo notes. Lockett can reach a maximum of $34MM in earnings over the course of the restructured contract, which will take the place of his previous one.

Lockett had two years remaining on his former deal, but his compensation in 2024 and ’25 ($17MM) was far outweighed by his cap hits for those seasons ($26.9MM). As a result, the 31-year-old could have found himself as a cap casualty (particularly with a post-June 1 designation) as part of the Seahawks’ financial maneuvering. Seattle has cut ties with several veterans recently, but Lockett will not join them for at least this offseason.

Jason Fitzgerald of Over the Cap predicts this new pact will lower Lockett’s 2024 cap hit by roughly $10MM, something which will be welcomed for Seattle. The team entered Saturday with $42MM in cap space, but added flexibility on the open market could allow for more outside additions in the hopes of rebounding from the 2023 season failing to produce a postseason appearance. The move will also give Lockett at least a 10th campaign in the Emerald City while also providing an opportunity for a personal bounce-back.

The former All-Pro posted 894 yards and five touchdowns in 2023. Both figures marked his lowest since 2018, and the presence of not only D.K. Metcalf and 2023 first-rounder Jaxon Smith-Njigba made a mark on his role. Lockett drew more targets (122) than Smith-Njigba (93), but that balance could shift toward the latter as time goes on. Each member of Seattle’s top receiver trio is under contract through at least 2025, although Lockett could again face questions about his future next offseason. It will be interesting to see the details of his new contract and his ability to earn an extended stay through his play in 2024.

Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett Expected To Return In Week 17

DECEMBER 30: Lockett has been listed as questionable for Sunday but is expected to play, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network tweets. While that would fall in line with the expected timeline for his post-op recovery, it would still represent an impressive return only 13 days removed from surgery. The veteran had a plate and 10 screws inserted into his hand, as noted (on Twitter) by Condotta.

Lockett’s participation will likely come down to game time, after he practiced in a limited capacity on Thursday and in full today. His return could take on added significance for Seattle’s offense if Goodwin – who is listed as doubtful with shoulder and wrist injuries – is unable to suit up.

DECEMBER 26: The Seahawks’ playoff chances took a hit this weekend with their loss to the Chiefs, but they could receive a significant boost on offense in the coming days. Wideout Tyler Lockett has undergone hand surgery and now has a chance to return before the end of the regular season.

Head coach Pete Carroll provided an encouraging update on the situation, adding that the veteran could be recovered in time to suit up for Week 17 (Twitter link via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times). That comes as little surprise given the fact that Lockett’s choice with respect to the procedure he underwent was made with the intention of coming back in time to close out the campaign.

His return would be a welcomed sight, of course, considering his importance to Seattle’s offense. The 30-year-old sits second on the team in receiving yards, and was well on his way to eclipsing the 1,000-yard plateau for the fourth consecutive season prior to suffering the injury. Lockett has been instrumental in the Seahawks enjoying a surprising level of efficiency in the passing game (they rank ninth in the league with an average of 259 yards per game) as they move into the post-Russell Wilson era.

The four-year extension he signed last offseason also makes Lockett a significant member of the team from a financial perspective. His cap hit is scheduled to jump to $16.75MM next season, then 23.95MM for each of the following two years. One of the team’s – and league’s – most consistent producers, the former third-rounder was a logical candidate for that deal in no small part due to his durability. Saturday marked only the second game in his career which he missed due to injury.

If he is able to play on New Year’s Day, the Seahawks would once again have their 1-2 tandem of Lockett and D.K. Metcalf available. That would be ideal given the drop-off in production between those two and fellow wideout Marquise Goodwin, who was held without a catch in the game against Kansas City. Seattle now sits at 7-8 having lost three straight, but they still have a realistic chance at a postseason berth with games against the Jets and Rams remaining, particularly if Lockett can play in those contests.

Seahawks’ Tyler Lockett Uncertain To Return This Season

12:06pm: The longtime Seahawk will opt for a surgery that could have him back after just one missed game, Rapoport tweets. This would obviously be a major boon to Seattle’s playoff hopes, but a firm timetable will not be established until after the procedure.

8:34am: Tyler Lockett has never faced an extended injury-related absence as a pro, missing only two games throughout an eight-year career. But the Seahawks will need to get by without him during a crucial stretch.

After Pete Carroll confirmed Lockett suffered a broken index finger during the Seahawks’ loss to the 49ers on Thursday night, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport notes the injury will sideline the longtime starter for at least two games. Lockett is not a lock to return this season, representing a blow the team has not had to navigate previously.

Attached to his third Seahawks contract — a four-year, $69MM deal — Lockett has missed one game due to injury. That came back in 2016. His other absence, last season, came due to COVID-19. Lockett has been a constant for Russell Wilson and now Geno Smith, but the sliding Seahawks (7-7) will need to turn to other options alongside D.K. Metcalf going forward.

Carroll said Lockett likely suffered the spiral metacarpal crack while trying to make a catch during Seattle’s final drive. Lockett will undergo surgery, and while the notoriously optimistic Carroll said there were multiple options regarding an operation — including one that could allow Lockett to play again this season — the 30-year-old target had not determined which route he would go here.

If Lockett is shut down, he will fall just short of a fourth 1,000-yard receiving season. The second-generation NFL wideout is sitting on a team-leading 964 yards and eight touchdowns, seeing his six-game TD streak come to an end against San Francisco. After leading the way as the Seahawks transitioned following Doug Baldwin‘s retirement, Lockett has been a considerable aid to Smith’s surprising season.

The Seahawks have Marquise Goodwin positioned to see his role expand because of Lockett’s injury. Given a one-year deal worth the league minimum, Goodwin sits third among Seahawks wideout production this season. The former Olympic long jumper has 27 catches for 387 yards and three touchdowns. Former second-round pick Dee Eskridge is on IR and has just seven catches for 58 yards 10 games into his second season.

Seahawks Activate WR Tyler Lockett From Reserve/COVID-19 List

The Seahawks will welcome back a key offensive player on Sunday. Following a one-game absence, wideout Tyler Lockett has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

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Lockett tested positive for the virus last week, forcing him to miss Tuesday’s loss to the Rams. Russell Wilson and the offense had issues in the passing game, and head coach Pete Carroll referred to the receiver’s absence following the loss.

“I’m sick that we didn’t have a chance to play with Tyler in this game because this is the kind of game that he would have been a factor in for sure,” Carroll said (via ESPN’s Brady Henderson).

The 29-year-old has already exceeded 1,000 receiving yards for the third-straight year. In 13 starts this season, Lockett has hauled in 62 receptions for 1,023 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

While the Seahawks are welcoming back Lockett, they still have a number of players remaining on the reserve/COVID-19 list, including tight end Will Dissly, running back Travis Homer, defensive end Kerry Hyder, cornerback D.J. Reed, offensive tackle Brandon Shell, and defensive tackle Bryan Mone (h/t to Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk.com).

Tyler Lockett Wants To Finish Career With Seahawks

Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett just signed a lucrative contract extension that will take him through the 2025 season, but he already knows how he would like his playing career to end. The 28-year-old wideout told reporters during a meeting with media yesterday that he wants to finish his career with the ‘Hawks (via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times).

“I would love to finish my career as a Seattle Seahawk,” Lockett said. “That’s why I said it was an amazing feeling that they even wanted to keep me on the team even longer. … To just to be able to see how they feel about me, understand how they feel about me, it brings that type of feeling to me that, you know, they want me here just as much as I want to be here.”

The latest extension represents Lockett’s third contract with the team, and as Condotta points out, he is now the only player on Seattle’s roster signed past the 2023 season. He would have been eligible for free agency at the end of the 2021 campaign, but the new deal gave him $37MM in fully-guaranteed cash while lowering his cap hit for this year, so it was a beneficial transaction for both player and team.

Lockett’s warm and fuzzy feelings towards Seattle are perhaps not shared by his quarterback at the moment, and it could be that Lockett’s tenure in the Emerald City will outlast Russell Wilson‘s. But Wilson will be throwing passes to Lockett for at least one more year, and both players will operate within new OC Shane Waldron‘s scheme.

Lockett, who has operated more out of the slot in the past several seasons, hopes to get a little more burn outside the numbers in Waldron’s offense. But wherever he lines up, he is excited about what the future holds after seeing Waldron’s work with the Rams’ passing game in recent years.

“I mean even when we watched the Rams and how they did a lot of things, they did a lot of great things,” Lockett said. “They utilize people in a lot of great ways. And just with the opportunity to be able to have Shane come in, I think there’s a lot of things that we can learn. There’s a lot of things he brings to the table…”

Contract Details: K. Miller, Lockett, McCoy

Catching you up on the details of a few recently-signed deals:

  • Raiders LT Kolton Miller: Three-year extension to keep Miller under club control through 2025. This looks like a fairly team-friendly deal. Miller was paid a $2MM roster bonus today and will earn a $9.5MM salary this year. He is also due a guaranteed $13.5MM roster bonus in 2022, but beyond a few $50K workout bonuses in 2022 and 2024-25, all of the money is in the form of non-guaranteed salary. His salaries from 2022-25 are $3.275MM, $14.225MM, $12.256MM, and $12.256MM (Twitter link via Field Yates of ESPN.com).
  • Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett: Four-year extension to keep Lockett under club control through 2025. $19MM signing bonus. $13MM option bonus in 2022. Base salaries from 2021-25 are $2MM, $3MM, $9.7MM, $15.3MM, and $15.3MM. $1.6MM roster bonuses in 2024 and 2025 (Twitter link via Yates). 2021 cap hit of $9.25MM (previously $14.95MM).
  • Cardinals QB Colt McCoy: One-year deal. Veteran salary benefit. Worth $1.2MM with $137K guaranteed and counts $987K against the cap. Twitter link via Dan Duggan of The Athletic.

Seahawks To Extend Tyler Lockett

The Seahawks have locked up Tyler Lockett for the long haul. On Wednesday, the two sides agreed to a four-year, $69.2MM extension (Twitter link via ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter). The deal includes $37MM in guaranteed cash and likely tamps down his scheduled $14.95MM cap hit for 2021. 

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Lockett, 28, came to Seattle as a third-round pick in 2015. Ever since, he’s greatly outperformed his draft position with solid work out of the slot. Across the last six years, he has 376 grabs, 4,892 yards, and 37 touchdowns to his credit. He’s also coming off of a career-best 100 receptions (for 1,054 yards and ten touchdowns), though his 10.5 yards per catch average left much to be desired. Before 2020, Lockett was averaging 13.9 ypc, bolstered by his near 17-yard average in 2018.

Despite questionable depth at wide receiver, the Seahawks abstained from this year’s best available options. This new deal underscores their confidence in Lockett — not just for this year, but for many seasons to follow. For now, the Seahawks are set to enter 2021 with Lockett and D.K. Metcalf leading the charge with support from Freddie Swain, Cody Thompson, John Ursua, Darvin Kidsy, Aaron Fuller, and Penny Hart.

In addition to Lockett, the Seahawks have also re-upped guard Gabe Jackson with a three-year, $22.58MM extension. Meanwhile, on the other side of the ball, they moved on from defensive tackle Jarran Reed. With the 28-year-old out of the picture, their DL group will feature Kerry Hyder, Benson Mayowa, Carlos Dunlap, Poona Ford, and old pal Al Woods.

NFC West Notes: Seahawks, Lockett, 49ers

Despite suffering a leg contusion against the 49ers on Monday night, Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett is expected to be available when Seattle returns from its bye in Week 12, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Lockett spent time at the hospital after injuring his leg (in what was called a “pretty severe situation” by head coach Pete Carroll), but he’s since flown back to Seattle. In the midst of a second consecutive excellent campaign, the 27-year-old Lockett has posted 62 receptions for 793 yards and six touchdowns through 10 games.

Here’s more from the NFC West:

  • While Lockett doesn’t figure to miss any time, 49ers running back Matt Breida isn’t so lucky. Breida aggravated a low ankle sprain against Seattle and will likely miss a week or two, tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Breida is getting a second opinion on his injury, so the timeline could certainly change, but at this point it doesn’t appear he’ll be sidelined for too long. While he’s often banged up, Breida is typically able to produce at a high level when on the field. 2019 has been no different, as he’s managed five yards per carry on 109 attempts. San Francisco will now deploy Raheem Mostert alongside Tevin Coleman in Breida’s absence.
  • Breida’s loss won’t the only hit to the 49ers‘ running game — left tackle Joe Staley will also miss a few weeks after undergoing surgery on a dislocated/fractured finger, per Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area (Twitter link). Staley, of course, broke his fibula in Week 2 and had been sidelined until Week 9. San Francisco has been able to succeed on the ground even without Staley around, and the club will now turn back to Justin Skule — who’s played 451 offensive snaps this year — at left tackle.
  • In case you missed it, Rams center Brian Allen will miss the remainder of the season after suffering an MCL injury in Week 10.

Injury Updates: Barkley, 49ers, Lockett

The Giants may be a long shot to make the postseason, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to shut down their star players. When asked if the team would rest running back Saquon Barkley, head coach Pat Shurmur responded with an emphatic “absolutely not” (via Ralph Vacchiano of SNY).

Shurmur had previously acknowledged that Barkley was a bit banged up, and that was evident after the running back compiled a single rushing yard on 13 carries during the Giants’ loss to the Jets on Sunday. ESPN’s Jordan Raanan reports that Barkley had an X-ray on his shoulder after the game. There was some thought that the 22-year-old was suffering from an ankle or leg injury, but Barkley acknowledged that his legs are still feeling good.

The Giants and Barkley will look to get back on track when they return from their bye week. The team will visit the Bears on November 24th.

Let’s check out some more injury notes from around the NFL…

  • We’ve got some updates on key 49ers skill players. ESPN’s Adam Schefter notes (on Twitter) that wideout Emmanuel Sanders‘s s-rays for a rib injury were inconclusive. The veteran was set to undergo an MRI today to determine the extent of the “damage.” Meanwhile, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero tweets that running back Matt Breida will get a second opinion on his sprained ankle. While the injury isn’t thought to be serious, Breida may still be sidelined for several games.
  • Seahawks wideout Tyler Lockett was at the hospital last night getting treatment for a leg contusion, but Darin Gantt of ProFootballTalk.com passes along that the receiver is alright. Coach Pete Carroll told 710 ESPN that the bruise caused a “pretty severe situation” thanks to the subsequent swelling, and Lockett didn’t return with the team to Seattle. The 27-year-old is having another productive season, hauling in 62 receptions for 793 yards and four touchdowns.
  • Some good news out of Indy: Colts coach Frank Reich told reporters that wideout Devin Funchess should return to practice this week. “Technically, he could be cleared to play the game,” Reich said (via Jim Ayello of the Indy Star). “But he’s got a few more boxes to check. We have to make sure he’s good to go because this will really be his first week of practice. Then we still have to see how much he’ll be able to do Wednesday. We’re really encouraged. I think there’s another box he has to check before we can go full boar on the practice.” Funchess landed on the IR after breaking his collarbone during the season opener.
  • Bengals tight end Drew Sample suffered a high ankle sprain this past weekend, reports NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (via Twitter). The 2019 second-rounder will undergo additional tests to determine how much time he’ll miss, but Rapoport notes that he’s a candidate for the injured reserve. The rookie has hauled in five catches for 30 yards in nine games (two starts) this season.

Seahawks, WR Tyler Lockett Agree To Extension

The Seahawks and wide receiver Tyler Lockett have agreed to an extension, as Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets. It’s a three-year deal with a base value of $31.8MM and includes a healthy $20MM guaranteed. With incentives, the value of the deal can reach $37.8MM. 

Lockett was set to reach free agency next year after completing his rookie deal in 2018. Now, he gets to stay in Seattle with a significant pay bump.

The 2015 third-round pick hasn’t put up electrifying numbers just yet, but the Seahawks are expecting an uptick in his production after moving on from Paul Richardson. Over the course of three years, Lockett has 137 catches for 1,816 yards and nine touchdowns, though six of those scores came as a rookie.

Last year, Lockett finished out with 45 catches for 555 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, the annual average value of his deal is greater than $10.5MM. That’s a sign that the Seahawks have a tremendous amount of faith in him, and also shows how far the wide receiver market has advanced in the last couple of years.

Lockett figures to be the Seahawks No. 2 wide receiver this year and should continue in his role as the club’s top returner.