A couple more notes, and one link, to pass along. …
—- First, here’s a link to my story for the Saturday paper taking a general preview at the Seahawks’ situation as the free agency period gets set to begin with negotiating (and surely lots of rumors) on Saturday, and then signings on Tuesday. The theme of the story is echoing the general feeling out there that the Seahawks probably aren’t going to be huge spenders in free agency but will try to fill some holes while still positioning themselves well to keep the core of their team intact over the next few years. But with the Seahawks, you never really know for sure, so we’ll see what develops over the next few weeks;
— Also, as others have reported, I have confirmed that Jeron Johnson did indeed sign his second-round tender offer, so that means $2.187 million if he makes the team on that contract. As we’ve noted other times this week, several players Seattle signed to tenders last season ended up restructuring their contracts once the season neared, notably Clint Gresham and Chris Maragos. Lemuel Jeanpierre, according to one source, also signed a tender, apparently an original round tender, which would pay him$1.431 million. But that hasn’t been officially confirmed. And remember again that while franchise and transition tag contracts are guaranteed, tender offers are not, which is why the Seahawks were able to restructure those of the likes of Gresham and Maragos last year;
— As far as Doug Baldwin, he obviously had the same opportunity as Johnson and Jeanpierre to sign his tender, but did not, making it clear via his Tweets that he hopes to get a long-term deal done with the Seahawks instead. The guarantee of $2.187 million is a big raise from the $550,000 Baldwin made last year. But as important as that, it appears from reading Baldwin’s tweets, is being locked up for a longer term. What happens with Golden Tate in unrestricted free agency could impact how things develop with the Seahawks and Baldwin.