The Seahawks’ workout sessions that began this week are technically voluntary. But receiver Doug Baldwin is there with the rest of his teammates despite the fact he technically is not yet under contract for the 2014 season.
Baldwin said in an interview with ESPN 710 Seattle this afternoon that he has not yet signed the second-round contract tender he was handed by the team in March, which would pay him $2.1 million in 2014 and then make him an unrestricted free agent after the season.
Baldwin is currently a restricted free agent, meaning other teams can give him an offer but that the Seahawks would then have five days to match. By placing a tender on him, Seattle would also be due a second-round pick if another team signed Baldwin.
Restricted free agents have until May 2 to sign offer sheets from other teams.
Baldwin, though, indicated he hasn’t talked to other teams and was with a group of Seattle players working out last week in California. He said he signed a clearance waiver to attend the current workouts at the VMAC.
Baldwin said his goal is to remain with the Seahawks “for a long time” and that he hopes to work out something soon. However, he said he has had no real talks with the team yet about an extension beyond 2014.
“I would say that if it’s a possibility, we are going to try to,” he said. “Hopefully something gets hashed out beforehand.” But he also said he was reluctant to talk much about it because “it deals with a lot of things, a lot of moving parts.”
That likely means the team is working on extensions for other players first, with Baldwin almost surely in the fold for 2014 via the tender.
Baldwin also said he was in the office of general manager John Schneider on Monday during the time the team made the trade for Terrelle Pryor. He said he doubted there was much validity to talk he could be used at another position saying “I don’t know how much truth is in that.”