- According to Louis Riddick of ESPN, Baldwin’s new contract will end up being a three-year deal worth $13 million that includes $9 million in the first two years.
- This extension will be on top of his $2.187 million restricted tender.
- Baldwin will be under team control through the 2016 season.
Brian McIntyre points out that Baldwin’s new contract is identical to Julian Edelman’s APY, although Edelman will receive $500,000 more in cash during the first two years of his contract.
Baldwin, 25, he played in all 16 games for the Seahawks in 2013, and totaled 50 receptions for 778 yards receiving and five touchdowns. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 22 receiver in the league last season.
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports first reported that the Seahawks and restricted free agent WR Doug Baldwin have gotten closer to an agreement and a deal could be reached “very soon.”
Sources have told Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network that an agreement between the two parties is “very close” and could be done today.
- Rapoport adds that Baldwin’s contract is expected to be “shorter” and possible over three years.
Baldwin remains the only restricted free agent who has yet to sign his tender. As of now, the only team he can sign with is the Seahawks, so he doesn’t have a ton of leverage heading into negotiations, especially now that the Seattle came away from the draft with second-round pick WR Paul Richardson.