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Metcalf Skipping Seahawks Mandatory Minicamp While Deebo On Hand At 49ers'
Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf is absent from the start of mandatory minicamp. Meanwhile, after staying away for the rest of the offseason program, 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel reported for the first day of the team's mandatory minicamp on Tuesday.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Metcalf was not present at minicamp on Tuesday as contract talks have not yet resulted in a new deal, per sources informed of the situation.

The big-play wideout continues to rehab from foot surgery in Los Angeles.

Metcalf was reportedly present for voluntary workouts earlier this offseason, but his decision to skip mandatory minicamp notes a strategic maneuver in contract talks.

Missing mandatory workouts subjects Metcalf to possible fines unless Seattle deems it an excused absence.

Metcalf is one of a host of young wideouts looking for a new long-term deal, along with the likes of Deebo Samuel and Terry McLaurin.

In three seasons in Seattle, DK has generated 3,170 yards on 216 catches with 29 TDs.

Earlier this offseason, trade rumors surrounding the 24-year-old receiver swirled but they have since died off since the draft passed, even as Metcalf has yet to get his new big-money contract.

In April Carroll said he, his team and Metcalf remain all positive toward a new deal by this summer. “We’re really communicating great. And DK, we’ve been (on) a great wavelength to move forward,” Carroll said. “And hopefully it will all work out. “We don’t plan on him going anywhere else. We want him to be with us.”

Metcalf is slated to earn $3.986 million in base salary in 2022, the fourth and final year of his rookie deal. With massive deals being shelled out to receivers this offseason like Davante Adams, D.J. Moore, Tyreek Hill and A.J. Brown, Metcalf awaits his payday.

Back in San Francisco, Samuel, who requested a trade in April, did not participate in the practice but did some running on a side field. Because Samuel reported for the minicamp, he is not subject to the required fines that go with missing minicamp sessions.

Of more importance, Samuel's presence at the 49ers training facility for the first time this offseason could be a step in the right direction toward mending the issues that led to his trade request.

Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have been adamant that they don't intend to trade Samuel. Shanahan said at the start of organized team activities in May that he expected Samuel to show up for the minicamp.

After Tuesday's practice, Shanahan said he didn't believe the relationship with Samuel needed much mending and again expressed optimism that the two sides could work something out to keep Samuel in the fold for the long haul.

"I think it's always been all right," Shanahan said. "I know we've gone through the business part of this league and things like that but I don't think the relationship was ever too far away to not get it back to normal and I think we're working on that. Anytime you're away from each other for a while, that's always harder but it's good to get him back in here and start getting him around the guys again."

When asked whether Samuel has rescinded his trade request, Shanahan said that's a better question for Samuel, who has not been available to media since his trade request became public knowledge.

Shanahan did, however, say that discussions between the Niners and Samuel's representatives are ongoing and that he and Samuel have had the opportunity to speak in person recently.

"They always talk," Shanahan said. "I love our relationship with Deebo and hopefully that will help us be able to solve this contractually before we get to the season." While it's still unclear what, exactly, spurred Samuel to request a trade, he's remained in touch with teammates throughout the process. Quarterback Trey Lance said Tuesday that he and Samuel talk all the time and left tackle Trent Williams, one of Samuel's closest friends on the team, said Samuel has come to him with questions on the contract negotiation process.

"This is his business, this is his dream, this is his career, I'm definitely not the one to overstep," Williams said. "I try to offer advice if he asks me for some, which he has and we've had good, quality talks and I think that he's grabbing the situation by the horns now and showing how mature he is by showing up and I think that goes a long way."

We'll continue to watch for more on both wideouts as training camps draw nearer next month.