With the Richard Sherman extension done, the one lingering question for Seattle this off-season, among its returning players anyway, is the status of receiver Doug Baldwin.
Baldwin, a restricted free agent, had a second-round tender placed on him in March, meaning any team that wanted to sign him would have had to give Seattle a second-round pick. That basically ended the chances of any team signing Baldwin, and also gave him a salary of $2.1 million for the 2014 season if he signed the tender, with the chance to be an unrestricted free agent in 2015.
Baldwin, though, wants a long-term deal — he attended Sherman’s press conference yesterday and several people afterward told Baldwin “it’s your turn now.”
Baldwin told the media there that he had not signed the tender.
And later Wednesday night, he addressed the question in a little more depth on this Spreecast chat.
Baldwin mentions that he had been contacted by Seahawks GM John Schneider “just a few minutes ago” and also had just talked to his agent.
“I will say things are going in the right direction,” Baldwin said. “I don’t know how much time it’s going to take. They’ve got the draft to deal with. So we are in preliminary talks. But hopefully we will figure something out soon.”
Baldwin has signed a waiver to participate in the team’s off-season program. But he will have to be under a contract of some sort when the season begins.
There’s lots of other good stuff from Baldwin on the 26-minute chat.