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Report: Baldwin agrees to two-year extension

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on May 29, 2014 at 9:12 am with 31 Comments »
May 29, 2014 11:37 am

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.

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.

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  1. seaturkeys says:

    I take happy or angry Doug Baldwin.

  2. pabuwal says:

    “All he does is make plays”

    In a very angry sort of manner, of course.

  3. Southendzone says:

    We had heard that Doug didn’t sign his RFA tender, so why is this being called an extension? It seems like a new 3 year deal. Anyone understand why it’s being described this way?

  4. I look for Baldwin, Harvin and Rice to be our starting 3 WR’s. Norwood, Kearse and Lockette next in line. Hopefully Mathews shows up also. Unfortunately, I suspect Richardson will play minimally in-between injuries.

  5. FleaFlicker says:

    $4 million a year is fair for both sides. Isn’t that like a 10x increase in his pay? Doug deserves it though; compared to his production he’s been getting paid peanuts the last few years. I’m glad to see him get financially recognized for his performance.

    Good contract for DB as he’ll be 28 at the end of the contract and in a position to land one last multi-year contract.

  6. Newborough says:

    Seems like a good deal for both parties and it’s good to see Doug getting paid at a level close to his performance these past few seasons.

    He’s clutch and has a great rapport with Russell Wilson. Hope to continue to see this develop into one of those classic QB-WR pairings, where they seem to be linked telepathically.

  7. Couldn’t be happy for DB, the guy just plays with a fire, and is Mr.Clutch. JH must be biting his pillow knowing he didn’t draft DB and RS when he had the chance. Its fun seeing his former players torch him every chance they get

  8. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Doug tweeted this last night to Richard Sherman. “Hey, I will be collecting your backed child support payments for your “son” (me) tomorrow at 1pm. :) Have a nice day!”

    I thought something might be happening today, so this is great news to keep Baldwin a Seahawk.

  9. freedom_X says:

    I am probably underrating Baldwin, but this seems a bit on the high side to me. I wonder if they’re front-loading money, so that space opens up to sign Wilson later?

    Compared to Tate, the shorter Baldwin deal, front-loaded, makes Baldwin much less of a long term cap hit. So in the end, it sounds like this could be a good compromise – more money for Baldwin, not a big impact on Seattle’s cap when it really counts (when they need to sign Wilson.)

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Great news!

    Baldwin was worth more than a 2.1 one year tender & the FO knew that it would be a risk to lose him next year if they tried to hold him to that.

    Way to step up FO & secure our most dependable, clutch & smartest WR.

    Around 4 mil is fair imo. Especially with having lost Tate to the Lions.

    Now you won’t have to suffer from me going all STTBM (next year) on losing Baldwin to the Colts. Lol.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    Very good news, indeed.

    I find it funny that only a few short weeks ago many were bemoaning how underwhelmed they were with the ‘Hawks off season/free agency, and now, crickets. Well done Seahawks Front Office.

  12. trout_hound says:

    Baldwin is one of my favorite Hawks. Stoked for him, for his family, and for the team. Stay angry, Doug, and don’t spend it all in one place!

  13. Southendzone says:

    It is a great deal for both sides. How do you not reward one of the most consistent hardest working players on the team?

    Another great story of a Harbaugh cast-off to high paid veteran!

  14. Hammajamma says:

    How exactly is he a Harbaugh “cast off?” I think he was Stanford’s leading receiver under Harbaugh.

  15. I believe that it is called an extension, rather than a new contract, because he also gets the tender offer of $2.3M (if I have the number right).

    Glad to have him sewed up, he is worth the money.

  16. montanamike2 says:

    He was a cast-off because he played for him,(JH) at Stanford and then didn’t use of any of his late round picks on DB or RS. He had chances but that extra fire is nice for us against a divisional opponent. Southendzone, i think it’s all salary cap related but it probably allows him to be paid sooner.

  17. montanamike2 says:

    It sounds like they didn’t want him for their next coach either, he’s a bit demeaning to his players, at least that’s the way it sounds to me.

  18. Glad to see Baldwin get paid!

    MontanaMike–Will call after work…

  19. love it. fair signing, for an important player (we don’t know if PH can stay healthy yet). Super solid off-season for this team.

    remember a year ago how the Ravens were just dismantled the year after they won the SB? Very different story for us.

  20. DreadHawks says:

    Geat move! Got that special feeling about this year…….again. Go Hawks#Repeat

  21. jawpeace says:

    Hurray!!! Glad they extended Doug and we have him for three more years. I said earlier in the year I would rather keep DB over Tate(if we could only keep one) and I am glad the team had the same assessment.

    TO earlier posts, why are so many people posting about Kenny Easley and the injury that did him in. The guy was always an all pro contributor. The Hawks front office screwed him over for being the player union rep in the strike year; and basically said because you were the rep we are going to trade you. It was then during his physical that the other team (Phoenix?)discovered his kidney damage and then he was done.

  22. PugetHawk says:

    Sweet…that means more “Fresh Files” coming at some point.

  23. chuck_easton says:

    It can either be called a 3 year contract or a 2 year extension on this year’s RFA tender of 2.1M.

    Looks like the team is pulling back the RFA and DB is signing a new three year contract that averages 4M per season.

  24. chuck_easton says:

    Another site is saying it’s three years and $16M with incentives that can take it to $19M.

    As always wait to see the actual wording.

  25. Southendzone says:

    if he had signed the RFA tender, I’d understand them referring to it as an extension. There must be something specific and salary cap related like MM2 said up there.

  26. I love Doug Baldwin. Definitely a favorite of the fans, FO & coaches.

  27. seatowntp says:

    Congrats to DB! I know that this is “angry’s” thread, but did anyone else catch this? I guess that Beast is selectively camera shy.
    http://nfl.si.com/2014/05/27/seattle-seahawks-running-back-marshawn-lynch-to-star-in-movie-about-his-life/?sct=obinsite

  28. AZBubba71 says:

    jawpeace,

    That’s about how I remember Easley in Seattle, too. I don’t think that he is in the Ring of Honor yet is he? It would be a nice move on the part of this Seahawks regime (Allen, Schneider, and Carroll) to make nice with a legend that unfairly lived in the shadow of Ronnie Lott…Lott was amazing, but Easley was the real deal. Even Lott says that he looked up to Easley.

    Hoping that Easley would now be receptive to such a gesture. Can you imagine the fans reaction if he raised the 12th man flag on the same day he get inducted?? Incredible!

  29. jawpeace says:

    AZbub, thankfully Easley is in the ring I guess he was inducted in 2002. So the current admin did right to him. I would also think it would be awesome if he raised the flag for a big game!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seattle_Seahawks_Ring_of_Honor

    BTW the next inductee will be #71! Not sure if your a Big Walt fan, with 71 being at the end of your screen name. But I am. Best left tackle I ever saw play. Often I would just watch him and not where the ball was.

  30. Skavage says:

    Great news! Alrthough I am surprised the dollars aren’t a bit higher. I think Baldwin’s earned it and then some. Love the guy.

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