Paid but still angry…kind of
If you missed the big news out of Seattle yesterday, the Seahawks and Doug Baldwin announced a contract extension that will keep the wide receiver in town for 3 more years. This comes on the heels of the recent extentions of both CB Richard Sherman and FS Earl Thomas and helps the Seahawks keep their young core intact.
With Baldwin locked in for the next 3 seasons, there is a lot to look forward to. Not just for Baldwin’s future, but the future of the young Seahawk offense.
In total, Baldwin is now set to make $13 mil over the next 3 seasons with $8.5 million guaranteed. The deal reportedly has up to $2 million extra in incentives that can be earned. While Baldwin said he was happy about the security, it didn’t change anything. He also said he wasn’t angry, but passionate about what he does.
Here are MY reasons to love Doug and his new contract.
We have all had a glimpse into the character of Doug Baldwin. His is loved by his teammates, his coaches, and is a true fan favorite among the 12th Man.
His outgoing personality hooked the fans while the intensity on the field, fueled by the never ending chip on his shoulder, has his teammates and coaches raving about him.
He is as honest as they come and welcomes any opportunity to compete – like when he gave John Schneider his stamp of approval when told about the team’s plans to draft more wide receivers in this season’s draft.
Pete Carroll admitted it, too, via the following tweet from Jayson Jenks
Carroll says Baldwin is the eptiome of a great competitor. "He's got this way about him that stands out.We're rewarding a guy for who he is"
— Jayson Jenks (@JaysonJenks) May 29, 2014
Like Richard Sherman often says, “Men lie. Women lie. But stats don’t lie.” When looking from afar, Baldwin’s numbers aren’t flashy.
There are several reasons for that, but I won’t go into depth about them all right now.
In a nutshell, it boils down to the Seahawks lack of passing (bottom 3 in passing attempts in 2013) and the fact that Baldwin has shown he can produce in the clutch moments.
Of his 50 receptions last season, 14 went for more than 20 yards while 36 were for first down. Those 50 receptions went for 788 yards and both were second on the team.
In 2011, Baldwin’s rookie season, he led the team in receptions with 51 as well as yards with 788. His 4 touchdowns also led the 2011 squad.
Schneider mentioned in the press conference that half of his touchdowns were within 2 minutes of the end of each half and that 92% of his 4th quarter receptions for first down.
Lastly, this is proof that the Seahawks system is working. Whether you were drafted in the first round or came as an undrafted free agent, you have a legitimate chance at making the team if you embrace the spirit of competition which PCJS has created.
Going undrafted has left Baldwin with a massive chip on his shoulder that likely will never disappear. With his hard work, determination, and iron will, Dougie Fresh has proved that hard work pays off in Seattle.