RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Doug Baldwin and the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to a contract extension that locks up the former undrafted wide receiver through the 2016 season.
The team confirmed the new deal for Baldwin during a news conference Thursday afternoon. The agreement was first reported by ESPN.
The new contract is expected to add two additional seasons. Baldwin was a restricted free agent for 2014 and had a second-round tender placed on him by the club, but was hoping to get a long-term deal done. Baldwin posted details of the deal on his Facebook page early Thursday morning, but the post was later removed.
Baldwin has proven to be invaluable for the Seahawks throughout his career. He was Seattle’s leading receiver as a rookie and after being slowed by injuries in 2012, bounced back with a standout season during the Seahawks’ title run.
Baldwin had 50 catches in the regular season and five touchdowns in 2013 and was especially reliable on third downs.
In the playoffs, Baldwin again came up big at key moments. He had a 24-yard, third-down reception in the NFC divisional playoff game that came one play before Marshawn Lynch’s clinching 31-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the 23-15 victory over New Orleans.
In the NFC championship game against San Francisco, Baldwin had one of the best games in his career. He finished with six receptions for 106 yards and had an important 69-yard kickoff return in the third quarter that helped swing momentum.
Baldwin added another five catches for 66 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl blowout of Denver.
It’s been a rapid rise for Baldwin, who went undrafted coming out of Stanford in 2011 and has used that slight as motivation throughout his career. Whether it was the talent of the Seahawks wide receiver corps being questioned or if he could be more than a receiver playing in the slot, Baldwin has not struggled to find motivation.
He could be moving into an expanded role in Seattle’s offense in 2014. With the departure of Golden Tate in free agency, the Seahawks need to find a replacement to play outside. While most of Baldwin’s success has come as a slot receiver, he has played on the outside. He was in that role earlier this week during the Seahawks’ first organized team activity.
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