The Seahawks had to take care of homegrown Doug Baldwin before this season. They have.
Baldwin kept saying his future business would take care of itself. It sure has -- in a huge way that reaffirms his place as a cornerstone of Seattle’s franchise.
The Seahawks’ record-setting wide receiver agreed to a four-year contract extension, The News Tribune confirmed Tuesday afternoon. ESPN’s Adam Caplan is reporting is worth $46 million -- and remarkably $24.25 million guaranteed.
Those numbers would make the 27-year-old, formerly undrafted Baldwin the league’s seventh-highest paid wide receiver in average value per year ($11.5 million) and average guarateed per year ($6,062,500).
The deal gets tacked on after the final, upcoming season of Baldwin’s second Seahawks contract, the three-year extension he signed before the 2014 season. That deal will pay him $4 million in base pay in 2016.
So Baldwin is getting a cool raise of $7.5 million per season.
The recent extension Keenan Allen signed with San Diego proved to be the benchmark for Baldwin to get his new money. Allen, three years younger than Baldwin with 59 fewer regular-season receptions and 13 fewer TD catches in his career, re-signed with San Diego this offseason for an average of $11.25 million per season with $5.16 million per year guaranteed.
Baldwin set the Seahawks’ franchise record with 14 touchdown catches in the 2015 regular season, tied for most in the NFL. He entered the league with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent from Stanford in 2011, the second season for coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider’s Seattle regime.