Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin was on Sports Radio 950 KJR this morning, primarily to discuss the team’s trip to the White House, but towards the end of the interview he also addressed his contract status.
The Seahawks placed the second-round tender on Baldwin, a restricted free agent, which would pay $2.18 million in 2014, then allow him to be an unrestricted free agent in 2015. The deadline has passed for Baldwin to sign an offer sheet with another team, so Baldwin’s only option for 2014 is to be a Seahawk or not play football.
Baldwin said he and the Seahawks have had discussions about a contract, and that he hopes to agree to a long-term extension to keep him in Seattle, but that if that doesn’t get done, he does not intend to hold out.
As you might expect, Baldwin didn’t get into the specifics of negotiations, but did say, “We are in conversations about an extension,” while noting that the Seahawks have made an offer, and that his side has responded with a counter offer.
The Seahawks have the cap space to re-sign Baldwin—the NFL Player’s Association currently lists Seattle as having $10,314,968 in camp space—so if the two sides can find common ground, there’s a good chance the deal will indeed get done this offseason.