49ers news: Biggest winners, losers of Seahawks Russell Wilson trade

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D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf (14) with wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports /

Loser: Seahawks WRs D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett

Imagine having a likely Hall of Famer like Russell Wilson throwing you the ball, then being asked to perform similarly with Drew Lock under center.

That’s essentially what the Seahawks are now asking wide receivers D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett to do heading into 2022.

Again, it’s another scenario the Niners have to be thrilled at. Lockett, in particular, has torched San Francisco almost for as long as Wilson has, recording eight receiving touchdowns in his career against the 49ers, the most against any opponent.

Metcalf, meanwhile, enjoyed his best year as a pro in 2020 with 1,303 receiving yards en route to his first Pro Bowl nomination. And while some may have argued the former second-round NFL Draft pick had a “down” year last season, Metcalf still managed to put up 967 receiving yards and a career-best 12 touchdowns.

Sure, perhaps Seattle goes bold and engineers another blockbuster trade for a quarterback like the Houston Texans’ Deshaun Watson, helping rectify the move of Wilson. Or, just as possibly, the Seahawks find another hidden gem in the NFL Draft who’ll have a Wilson-like career.

But neither of those two scenarios have panned out yet, and it’s looking as if Lock will be the one responsible for “padding” Lockett and Metcalf’s stats this season.