Last year, Tyler Lockett showed his toughness and determination, playing all 16 games despite never being at 100 percent, the result of a broken leg sustained late in the 2016 season, as well as a less serious knee injury sustained early in the 2017 season.
This year, Lockett has shown that he’s all the way back, looking again like the speedy, elusive receiver and return man who was one of Seattle’s most explosive players in 2015 and 2016. Having seen Lockett both at his healthy best, as well as when he showed so much resiliency to be a playmaker even at what he estimated to be 75 or 80 percent of full speed, the Seahawks were determined to keep the third-round pick in Seattle beyond this season, the final year of the rookie deal he signed in 2015. On Wednesday, the Seahawks made sure Lockett will be around for a while, signing him to a multi-year contract extension.
Lockett, 25, was named first-team All-Pro as a returner in 2015, and second-team All-Pro in 2016 and 2017. He also earned Pro-Bowl honors as a rookie. In addition to being Seattle’s primary kick and punt returner over the past three seasons, Lockett has also been one of the team’s most productive receivers, catching 137 passes for 1,816 yards and 9 touchdowns.
During offseason workouts, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called Lockett’s return to full health “a real positive” for the Seahawks.
“He’s just such a wonderful kid on your team, and there’s just been a spirit about him about wanting to compete and extra stuff and always at it, and then last year he couldn’t do that, he wasn’t able to,” Carroll said in June. “He was rehabbing and just barely getting on the practice field for the most part. And now he’s back freed up and ready to go again, so you see all that great spirit and the energy that he generates. It’s wonderful to see because he’s such a great kid.”
Seattle Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett put on a football camp for local youth at Mercer Island High School.