It appears wide receiver Tyler Lockett could be headed out of Seattle.
The Seahawks are reportedly looking to trade Lockett this offseason.
They’ve already dealt their franchise quarterback and it doesn’t sound like Seattle is done yet.
Per source, following the #Seahawks trading Russell Wilson to the #Broncos, they are also open for business on wide receiver Tyler Lockett. With plenty of teams needing WR help, he's a name to keep a close eye on.
— Evan Massey (@massey_evan) March 8, 2022
That being said, the Cleveland Browns might have some interest in acquiring Lockett.
This roster is in desperate need of offensive weapons at the receiver spot, which means Lockett could be on the table for Cleveland.
Lockett Leaving Seattle?
The 29-year-old has spent his first seven years of his career with the Seahawks.
They drafted him in the third round of the 2015 draft, which ended up being a steal.
Lockett is a Pro Bowl receiver who has played in nearly every game since joining the NFL.
However, it seems like the Seahawks have decided to go in a new direction.
They recently traded quarterback Russell Wilson for a hefty package including five draft picks.
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— Allan Bell (@AllanBell247) March 8, 2022
Now, Seattle appears to be in somewhat of a rebuild mode without Wilson on the roster.
That being said, they could be looking to move Lockett before his salary gets too expensive.
In 2022, Lockett has a cap hit of $10 million, but it jumps to $16.7 million the following season.
Seattle could look to jumpstart their rebuild even faster by trading Lockett for young players or draft picks.
It has nothing to do with his production, which has been reliable since he became a full-time starter.
There should be plenty of suitors for Lockett, assuming the Seahawks are serious about moving him.
Cleveland Makes An Offer?
It’s no secret that the Browns need to improve their wide receiver group this offseason.
They could be looking at Donovan Peoples-Jones as their No. 1 receiver heading into next season.
Although, that’s unlikely considering the front office should add some respectable talent soon.
That being said, Lockett could be on the table for Cleveland as a trade target.
He has been healthy throughout his career and productive since becoming a starter.
In fact, Lockett has finished with over 1,000 receiving yards in each of the last three seasons.
The Browns could certainly use that kind of consistency on their roster.
He also has eight touchdowns or more in each of the last four seasons.
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It seems that Lockett checks all the boxes that the Browns are looking for in a receiver.
He is consistent, healthy, and a reliable threat in the red zone.
Lockett has a fairly reasonable salary over the next two seasons.
However, he has an opt-out after the 2023 campaign.
Otherwise, Lockett will be $23.9 million against the cap for the 2024 and 2025 season.
That is quite a lot of money to be paying for a wideout who is already in his 30s by that time.
Obviously, there is both an up and downside to acquiring Lockett.
It will likely help Cleveland in the short term, but could be a problem in the long haul.
It’s uncertain what the Seahawks are looking for in return for Lockett.
The Browns should at least consider Lockett and see what Seattle wants for him.