Metcalf reported to the start of the Seattle Seahawks' voluntary offseason workouts and, according to Pete Carroll, has been in good spirits about his role in the next phase of the club.
"I know he's really excited about being back," Carroll said per the team's official website. "He's still rehabbing from surgery, but he's involved with everything we're doing. He's really tuned in. I'm really happy to see the way he's returned to us -- there's a lot of stuff in the future coming up and all of that. He seems to be very focused on what's going on right now and being in position to help other guys as we get started. So he's shown a really good mentality about the return."
Carroll noted that serious discussions haven't started on a contract extension for Metcalf, who is due $3.986 million in the fourth year of his rookie contract. Those talks, as they usually do, are likely to heat up over the summer ahead of training camp.
Following the trade of Russell Wilson and release of Bobby Wagner, there was speculation that the Seahawks could trade Metcalf rather than pay him a massive sum. Thus far, neither side has suggested there is an issue.
Metcalf is rehabbing his foot after undergoing offseason surgery, but with Wilson and Wagner gone, the receiver is stepping into a more prominent leadership role to help fill the void.
"There's no question he feels that," Carroll said of Metcalf becoming more of a leader. "He senses the opportunity. And as he returns, in a situation where it's not ideal because he's not able to do all of the workouts and stuff right now, he's engaged in everything he can be. He's really given himself to the process, because he knows his teammates are looking to him, and he can sense the role that he's in that's upcoming. So it's going to be a really great process to watch him emerge and become a bigger factor, in particular for the younger guys that come in, as leadership always is. But he's ready to assume that role more so, and he's going do a really good job with it. We really need him."