The Seattle Seahawks and wide receiver Doug Baldwin have agreed on a two-year contract extension, according to Jim Trotter of ESPN. He's now signed through the 2016 season, and will make $13 million over that time, according to Louis Riddick of ESPN.
Baldwin is entering his fourth year in the NFL, and he had yet to put pen to paper on the restricted free agent offer sheet the team gave him. Seattle put a second-round tender on Baldwin, essentially keeping him off the open market this offseason. The tender was worth $2.187 million in 2014.
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There was some chatter about Baldwin potentially holding out if a long-term deal wouldn't get done, but the receiver said that he had no intention of doing so earlier in May. Baldwin said that holding out "would not allow me to pursue my passion of playing football," as noted by ESPN. It now sounds like he'll play the 2014 season on the tender, but will receive $9 million over the first two years, as reported by Riddick above.
Baldwin is coming off a solid season in which he grabbed 50 receptions for 778 yards and five touchdowns. He also added 13 receptions for 202 yards and a touchdown in the playoffs, helping Seattle to a Super Bowl victory. In three seasons, he has 130 receptions for 1,932 yards and 12 touchdowns during regular-season play.
Seattle is hoping its wide receivers will be a strength heading into next season. Percy Harvin was an addition last season, but he ended up missing the majority of the year due to injury. Sidney Rice was also injured a good deal, but he and Harvin could potentially be healthy next season. It's unclear how the depth chart will look, but this extension suggests that Baldwin will remain a big part of the offense, potentially helped out by stronger receivers around him.