Seattle Seahawks: Receiver Tyler Lockett gets three-year, $37M extension

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SEATTLE, WA: Wide receiver Tyler Lockett #16 of the Seattle Seahawks makes a 1-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at CenturyLink Field on December 3, 2017. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

The Seattle Seahawks secured their explosive playmaker Tyler Lockett for three more seasons. His new contract guarantees the all-purpose player $20M, with a potential payout of $37M

Sometimes versatility pays. In this case, it paid very well for Seattle Seahawks do everything yard gainer Tyler Lockett. Thursday they rewarded him for his past three years of excellent service with a three-year, $37M contract extension. $20M of it is guaranteed. He’ll be making contributions to the Seattle offense through the 2021 season.

There are some fans out there questioning why a receiver with only 1816 yards and nine TD receptions would get such a huge deal from the Hawks. The answer doesn’t lie in those specific numbers, there is a bigger picture involved.

Speedy Tyler Lockett came to the Seattle Seahawks as their third-round draft pick (65th overall), in the 2015 NFL draft. Ever since then, he has hit the ground running (literally and figuratively). His first year, Lockett totaled 1915 all-purpose yards and eight combined touchdowns.

While he hasn’t duplicated those totals in either of the next two seasons, he hasn’t been that far off either. He posted 1560 all-purpose yards in 2016 and 1799 last year. That’s quality any way you stack it. He’s a threat to break a long play from the end position, the backfield, or on special teams.

Due, to Doug Baldwin‘s injured knee, Lockett is the top receiver on Seattle’s depth chart. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise. He’s had seasons of 45, 41, and 51 receptions in his three-year career, gaining 555, 597, and 664 yards respectively. If there is a concern, it’s his lack of scoring. After his initial six TD reception season, the wideout has only three totaled the scoring catches since.

There is no doubt Lockett provides a multidimensional player every NFL team wants on their roster. The fact the Seahawks have him locked up for three more years is a good thing. When this contract ends, Lockett could have over 13,000 career yards and he’ll only be 28 years old.

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