The Seahawks have locked up Doug Baldwin through 2016 after the two sides agreed to a contract extension early Thursday morning, reports say.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport broke the news on Twitter:
#Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin’s new deal: 3 years for $13M with almost $11M in new money. So, $4.3M per year, can do a new deal before 30
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 29, 2014
That new money is a two-year contract extension worth about $11 million, after Baldwin was already expected to make about $2.2 million this season as a restricted free agent.
Baldwin has earned respect from the Seahawks organization since arriving in Seattle as an undrafted free agent in 2011.
Head coach Pete Carroll has only great things to say about the fourth-yer player:
“Doug has been a tremendous player,” Carroll said after Tuesday’s OTAs, per ESPN.com. “When you go back and look at the last few years, and you look at the significant plays that have happened, he’s been a part in a lot of big stuff.
“He continues to always be at the front in making things happen, and he did it again [Tuesday]. He had a great day. He’s just such a great worker and such a disciplined competitor. He brings it every chance he gets and it shows.”
Baldwin was excellent last season, catching 50 passes for 778 yards and five touchdowns. He also had five catches for 66 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl.
His presence was a big reason for the Seahawks success in the passing game last season.
Doug Baldwin is a consistently positive force on Seattle’s offense: pic.twitter.com/igruQADgx7
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 29, 2014
This is a win-win contract for both sides. The Seahawks need a reliable receiver to carry the offense next season and while Baldwin’s name isn’t huge outside of Seattle, his consistent ability to make big plays is huge for Seattle.
They also have all of their 2014 draft picks under contract.
The Seahawks are looking more and more ready to defend their Super Bowl championship.