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Doug Baldwin doesn’t sign an offer sheet, will stay in Seattle

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Doug Baldwin will remain with the Seahawks.

As expected, today’s deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets came and went without Baldwin signing. That means that although he is a free agent, the Seahawks are now the only team he can sign with.

Restricted free agency is usually fairly quiet in the NFL. This year one restricted free agent switched teams when the Browns signed former Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins. Another restricted free agent, Saints safety Rafael Bush, signed an offer sheet with the Falcons but didn’t change teams because the Saints matched the offer.

Baldwin was tendered at the second-round level, which means any team signing him to an offer sheet would have had to give up a second-round pick in next week’s draft if the Seahawks didn’t match. Baldwin is coming off a solid season (50 catches for 778 yards and five touchdowns), but a second-round pick is a lot to give up, and it would have been a surprise if any team had made him an offer.

Although Baldwin may take his time about signing his restricted free agent tender because he’d prefer a long-term contract, it’s likely that he’ll end up playing the 2014 season on the $2.187 million salary that comes with the second-round tender. And then he’ll either do a new deal with the Seahawks or hit free agency next year.

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33 Responses to “Doug Baldwin doesn’t sign an offer sheet, will stay in Seattle”
  1. nygmann says: May 2, 2014 8:25 PM

    Way to go Doug! Glad you are staying in Seattle!

  2. slugbaitspace says: May 2, 2014 8:25 PM

    Well, he DID sign a waiver to participate in off-season activities, even though he is NOT under contract.

    Not many players would even consider doing something like that. But Baldwin is All In, Part 2.

  3. 12thlegion says: May 2, 2014 8:26 PM

    Nice. Awesome WR and smarter than most.

  4. dans761 says: May 2, 2014 8:30 PM

    I can see a team with a late second signing him. He’s a really good WR and a proven winner. Those types of players are commodities.

  5. snoqualmieterry says: May 2, 2014 8:36 PM

    A great WR who also is great in the return game. A very important player for us to keep.

  6. rufusporter says: May 2, 2014 8:44 PM

    Angry Doug is one of the most competetive players in the NFL. He makes the most of every opportunity given. Never drops the ball. Does nothing but make plays. Smart guy too. I hope the Seahawks lock him up long term soon.

  7. deepseabreeze says: May 2, 2014 8:49 PM

    Doug Baldwin is a good friend of one of my friends. Tremendous guy. Classy individual. Does a lot of volunteer and charity work under the radar. Not a Hawks fan but will always root for a guy like that.

  8. adoombray says: May 2, 2014 8:53 PM

    These guys need to take a lesson from Baldwin. If you really wanna bounce the team, don’t bait the offer sheet. If you’re just trying to get paid ASAP that’s fine but now he plays his tail off and gets real money next year or has nobody to blame but himself.

  9. bnwpnw says: May 2, 2014 8:55 PM

    Angry Doug Baldwin is Always Da Best. ADB!

  10. 5to46hawkfan says: May 2, 2014 9:06 PM

    Thank you for staying Doug!!!! GO HAWKS!!

  11. 6250claimer says: May 2, 2014 9:15 PM

    Both Baldwin & Sherman played under Harbs at Stanford. How the heck did he not wind up with them at SF? I mean sheesh, Baldwin didn’t even get drafted, and Sherman goes in the 5th? Surely he should have known they had more talent than that, and had ample chance to snap either or both of them up? Unbelievable, and ironic they both wind up in the NFC West to haunt him.

  12. norcalmafia says: May 2, 2014 9:26 PM

    Love how Seahawks fans act like some dynasty over the Vikings after 40 years of nothing! You couldn’t find a Seahawks fan w years ago with a magnifying glass…lol tough talk from a lame town who’s #1 team was a soccer team till 2 tears ago…I understan

  13. higheriqthanyou says: May 2, 2014 10:02 PM

    Other teams must don’t get it. Certainly the measurable are important but intelligence, desire and work ethic are equally important.

    It’s why we’re the best team and organization in the NFL.

  14. vikesr4reel says: May 2, 2014 11:20 PM

    Could have came to the BEST franchise in football but he picked the seahags..
    Gone him a tums and watch him implode

  15. kuranda84 says: May 2, 2014 11:34 PM

    This guy made HUGE catch after HUGE catch last year. Great to have him back!

  16. chawkup says: May 3, 2014 12:29 AM

    I love me some ADB!

  17. bornahawker says: May 3, 2014 12:48 AM

    My friends cousin knows a guy who knows a guy who knows so and so. Wake up! This draft is littered with WR’s and as much as I hate to say it Baldwins upside is pedestrian. That does not mean there is a ROLE for him with the hawks, but teams do not give up 2nd round picks for role guys. As long as he takes what’s offered he will have a job with hawks for 3-6 more years. Salary Cap!

  18. kamthechancellor says: May 3, 2014 1:09 AM

    Great hands. He rarely drops a pass. Great on third down and great at getting separation when Wilson is scrambling. He’s just great.

  19. donnymacjack says: May 3, 2014 2:18 AM

    DB is an excellent WR. Much, much better than “some” folks give him credit for. And certainly better than Chris Carter…by a long shot. Why? Because he does his homework and prepares for his craft, unlike Carter who is nothing more than a pedestrian NFL analyst. An appetizer for the real analysts. #nosuperbowlringforcrappycarter

  20. iamdinguskhan says: May 3, 2014 9:30 AM

    Seahawks are going to dominate their division for the next 2 years. After that the cap is going to catch up with them and they will prob lose Lynch and a lot of mid level players. A team like the Cards or Rams could sneak up on them too. 49ers have issues with their locker room and I don’t think Kap is their answer at QB.

  21. hawkstradamus says: May 3, 2014 9:57 AM

    If I had an army of angry Doug clones I would rule you all with an iron fist.

  22. achillesofwooters says: May 3, 2014 10:15 AM

    Teams do not do well when they let their QB’s favorite “security blanket” go. Angry Doug may never put up huge numbers, but the percentage of his 50 catches that are “huge” is probably the highest in the league. Glad to have him back, and hoping the Hawks can lock him up for a few more seasons.

    All QB’s need that 1 go-to guy who they know will make the catch no matter what on 3rd down. Doug does it time after time. Add to that the fact that he was willing to sign a release to practice with the team without a contract, and he demonstrates the kind of character you want in your players. Please Seahawks, repay that dedication with an extension.

  23. liddogg33 says: May 3, 2014 10:39 AM

    LOVE DOUGY!!! Welcome back SUPERBOWL CHAMP!!!! Love all the haters saying the hawks only have two more years. And the fact that you bring up marshawn is funny. Just remember the name Christine Micheal and we can see how many steps we take back!!!

    #OURGMANDCOACHRBETTERTHENYOURS
    #DYNASTY
    #GO HAWKS

  24. azjohnny says: May 3, 2014 11:48 AM

    Love how Seahawks fans act like some dynasty over the Vikings after 40 years of nothing! You couldn’t find a Seahawks fan w years ago with a magnifying glass…lol tough talk from a lame town who’s #1 team was a soccer team till 2 tears ago…I understan

    Get your facts straight….Seattle won the NBA Championship in ’79. Nobody cares what you did in the past, its all about now!. You could watch old Viking games on the history channel

  25. dontbugmeonsundays says: May 3, 2014 12:14 PM

    I’m not a Hawks fan but this makes a lot of sense for both sides. He’s a good receiver and he fits well in their system. I don’t think he would have the same success with any other team. Not that he’s not good enough, but because the type of offense they run gives him more opportunities for big plays down the field. I think he’s under-rated to be honest. He made a lot of big plays for them last year. This is a win win for both sides.

  26. liddogg33 says: May 3, 2014 12:18 PM

    Hey az Johnny, just one and only one question… Who is the DEFENDING SUPER BOWL CHAMP????

    #NUFFSAID
    #HATEAWAYHATER
    #DYNASTY

  27. tundra67 says: May 3, 2014 2:45 PM

    Would not have minded the Packers making an offer and giving up their 2nd rounder for him. He is clutch, and should be able to contribute at a high level immediately.
    Yes, there are good WRs that will be available in the second (I like Matthews for them) but there is no guarantee of success on any rookie. Baldwin is a surer bet. Plus, there would be the added benefit of taking a top conference opponent down a notch …

  28. ratsfoiledagain says: May 3, 2014 3:07 PM

    norcalmafia says:
    May 2, 2014 9:26 PM
    Love how Seahawks fans act like some dynasty over the Vikings after 40 years of nothing! You couldn’t find a Seahawks fan w years ago with a magnifying glass…lol tough talk from a lame town who’s #1 team was a soccer team till 2 tears ago…I understand
    *************
    As usual, nothing new was posted by norcal.

    4-5 years ago there were a very limited number of 9er fans on here. Now they’re everywhere. There must a lot of closet 9er fans in Colorado. I didn’t see one jersey 4-5 years ago around here. Now they’re like nats….which are mostly annoying.

  29. seadawgs72 says: May 3, 2014 4:30 PM

    So happy Baldwin will remain a hawk. I’ve always been a bigger fan of defense than offense; mostly because of the diva component with offensive players but Baldwin is one of my favorite players. I love undrafted players (walk ons in college) that are able to become successful & earn everything they have. Btw, Baldwin reminds me of Bobby Engram who i believe was one of the most underrated wr’s that ever played. All he does is convert 3rd downs. IMO, this is big for the offense.

  30. bigdog1925 says: May 3, 2014 10:46 PM

    He’s lucky! He better realize he s no better than a college receiver!

  31. bigdog1925 says: May 3, 2014 10:48 PM

    Yea, ok.

  32. wizbanginhumdinger says: May 4, 2014 11:13 AM

    I think Baldwin clearly knows that his best long term option is with the ‘Hawks.

    Harvin, Baldwin, Rice and Kearse. That’s a good solid core of receivers with another year of experience playing with Wilson. Russell will undoubtedly be even more effective in his 3rd year. Expect a recently divorced RW3 to be fully engaged in repeating the Championship season of 2013.

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see Schneider and Carroll pull out a late round gem to pad the depth at WR. They’ll definitely be addressing the O line and looking to boost their pass protection and improve upon the injury-riddled line that Tom Cable magically managed to put together last year.

    Great to have you back Mr. Baldwin. Your performance in the Super Bowl revealed the type of player that shows up big in the big games no matter what size you are. Big hearts are what the Seahawks are all about and Doug Baldwin’s heart is huge.

    Go Hawks!!!

  33. gashmr says: May 5, 2014 11:45 AM

    If Wilson gets the O-line he deserves then the receivers he has will get biger numbers. Seattle does not have a pass heavy offense. But they could certainly increase the level of passing they do if they improve the O-line. Wilson spent too much time scrambling last year and the year before. He takes too many hits, and this is a run first offense.

    So get the O-line fixed up and Wilson can pass a lot more for a lot more yards per catch. He needs the time to be able to read the field instead of scrambling like a madman until somebody breaks free of coverage for him to pass the ball to.

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