Reports: Doug Baldwin, Seahawks close to multiyear deal

AP

During an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio on Wednesday night, Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin said that he wanted to sign a long-term deal with the team but that he was preparing to play out the year under the restricted free agent tender of $2.18 million the Seahawks extended to him early in the offseason.

According to reports on Thursday, though, those preparations are likely to wind up being all for naught. Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that the two sides “have gotten closer” in negotiations recently and that a deal could be struck soon. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network followed up by reporting that he’s heard the same about the status of talks in Seattle and that the deal is “very close” to done and could be completed on Thursday.

Per Rapoport, the deal is expected to run for around three years although there’s no word on any financial parameters that are being discussed. Baldwin has proven to be a solid complementary piece in the Seahawks’ receiving corps, catching 130 passes over three seasons since making the team as an undrafted free agent in 2011, which should keep his salaries in a fairly modest range in any longer deal.

That would work out well for the Seahawks, who have already extended safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman on lucrative deals and will have to work out a similar extension for quarterback Russell Wilson in the not too distant future.

 

17 responses to “Reports: Doug Baldwin, Seahawks close to multiyear deal

  1. Good receiver. Contributed a lot when S. Rice and P. Harbin were injuried. Seattle WR Core is for the mist part intact. They only loss Tate to FA. Hope Baldwin re signs.

  2. Another overpaid medicore reciever.

    He wouldn’t even be the Vikings #4 option.

    Cordarelle Patterson has more talent than every Seahawk reciever combined.

    Expect an 8-8 record this season, Seattle.

  3. Baldwin is undersized and too slow.

    So was Steve Largent.

    And if you think that’s not an appropriate comparison, watch Baldwin’s 2014 highlight reel on youtube. Leaping catches, sideline toe-tapping catches…he’s a great route-runner with excellent body control and hands. Also makes downfield blocks and has blocked a punt on special teams.

    Don’t be fooled by the low “fantasy” numbers. The Seahawks pass less than any other team, but last year, the receiving corps was the most efficient. Baldwin is a huge reason for that efficiency.

  4. They have been saying this for 2 months…… Get it done already, the kid plays his heart out for the team and deserves a deal… Just be fair about it.

    He is a great Hawk + he doesnt screw around with other mens wives like Tate. I would like to see Baldwin stay around for a while.

  5. Yet another Seattle Seahawk, discovered, recruited and groomed for the NFL by Jim Harbaugh! Without Harbaugh’s vision and coaching prowess – Seahawks wouldn’t have won the Superbowl. And Carroll knows it.

    TRUTH!

  6. Things must be depressing for Viking fans. The only way they can see the playoffs from the bottom of the barrel in NFC North is spend a billion dollars on a stadium and host a Super Bowl.

    Still no QB and try sell the themselves their KR is a great WR. Seahawk fans wouldn’t trade Doug Baldwin for anyone on that teams receiving group.

  7. Let’s be honest for a second. Doug Baldwin is just a guy. He is the 46th ranked WR from 2013. All this over the top love…we get it you love your Seahawks, it’s cool, you won, celebrate…but keep the vision straight. Doug Baldwin isn’t a top 40 receiver, and should only be paid accordingly.

  8. If they sign Baldwin, they will have even less money to sign the other 2015 free agents, like James Carpenter, Cliff Avril, Malcolm Smith, Byron Maxwell, K. J. Wright and Jermaine Kearse. It won’t be an easy year for them when free agency arrives in 2015.

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