RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday signed wide receiver Tyler Lockett to a 3-year extension, the team announced.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo said the deal is worth up to $37.8 million, with $20 million guaranteed.
“(Coach Pete Carroll) said ‘you exemplify everything we want in a Seahawks player and we don’t want you to be any different, we don’t want you to change,'” Lockett said after practice at the VMAC on Wednesday morning. “‘We want you to continue being the person you are because being the person you are is why we want you to stay here.'”
Lockett was Seattle’s third-round pick back in 2015 and has 137 catches for 1,800 yards and nine touchdowns. He was set to enter the final year of his rookie deal which paid $1.9 million.
Lockett said a broken leg two seasons ago helped him put his career in perspective.
“When I broke my leg, the first question I asked was ‘can I still play football?’” he said. “I realized at that moment, if I couldn’t play anymore there was so many regrets that I would have had. So many things that I focused on that I shouldn’t’ have even focused on or even thought about. I should’ve just came out here and enjoyed playing football.
The Seahawks may rely upon Lockett more this season after Doug Baldwin said a knee injury could affect him for the rest of the season.
Lockett said he’s happy to put the negotiations behind him.
“That stuff is stressful,” he said. “You get anxious, all that type of stuff. Sometimes it’s hard to sleep. It’s just a lot because this is the day that you wait for. But when it finally passes, you can finally breathe. But you also know that there’s life outside of this. It’s not like this was the end goal and now you stop here. This is just a monumental moment and you just keep on going and keep progressing through life.”