The Seahawks and wide receiver Doug Baldwin were able to work out a deal.
According to ESPN, the Super Bowl champions and one of their leaders have agreed to a two-year extension that can keep him in Seattle through 2016.
My understanding is this is not technically done yet, but should be by this afternoon. UPDATE: The Seahawks have announced a 1 p.m. press conference for today.
WR Doug Baldwin's deal: 2 year extension/ 3 year deal for 13M with 9M in the first two yrs.— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) May 29, 2014
The Seahawks had placed a second-round tender on Baldwin, who was a restricted free agent, which left him three options. Sign the tender and play for $2.187 million this season; sit out and wait until he became an unrestricted free agent in 2015; or work out a new deal with Seattle.
Baldwin’s 50 catches in 2013 were second on the team. Since joining the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2011, Baldwin has become an important part of not just the receivers group, but also of the team as a whole. His nickname of “Angry Doug Baldwin” started at Stanford and followed him to the Seahawks, where he has become the poster child for their self-imposed underdog status.
Baldwin, 25, has made 130 catches for 1,932 yards in his three seasons with the Seahawks. Last year, he played the slot and wide positions, offering the Seahawks versatility. He also returned two kicks.
Bringing back Baldwin means the Seahawks have signed their core to extensions during the offseason. Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and, now, Baldwin have agreed to contracts that can keep them all with Seattle until at least 2016.