Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin served as a guest host of the QItUp Sunday night sports show on Q13Fox in Seattle, not only answering a few questions but also delivering a guest commentary and providing some of the voice-overs for highlights, among other things. In other words, illustrating vividly that he has a future in broadcasting someday if he wants one (though he also said on the show that his post-football goal is to be a high school teacher and football coach).
But first for Baldwin is clarifying his future as a Seahawk.
He’s entering his fourth year out of Stanford and is a restricted free agent, and last week saw the team place a second-round tender on him (explained in the link).
Asked during the show his response to the team giving him a second-round tender, Baldwin said: “Well, we expected that. That’s just the process of this business side of it. We expected it. There are steps in this process that we have to wait on before we can move forward with it.”
In other words, he’s hoping the tender leads to talks that lead to a long-term deal with the Seahawks (as a refresher, the tender means he gets $2.187 million for the 2014 season if he makes the team, and the Seahawks would get a second-round pick if he takes a better offer from another team).
Asked when he hoped a deal would get done, Baldwin referenced the team’s unrestricted free agents, such as Golden Tate and Michael Bennett, and said “there are a lot of things that have to happen. We have to care of the unrestricted free agents and then they can get to me.” (And asked if he would sign the second-round tender, he called that a tough one and didn’t give a definitive answer).
Baldwin, though, made clear he hopes to remain with the Seahawks, saying he is an “old-school guy” and that he would love to both begin and end his career in Seattle.