Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin was a guest on KJR-AM, talking largely about the team’s trip to the White House Wednesday.
But Baldwin also discussed his contract status, which remains unresolved.
To recap, the team placed a second-round tender on Baldwin, who was a restricted free agent, which means he would get $2.18 million for the 2014 season. Baldwin, though, wants a longer-term deal and he and the team have been in talks about a new contract for a few weeks now.
Baldwin, in fact, said that the Seahawks have made an offer and he responded with a counteroffer.
“It’s going to take some time,” he said. “It’s just the process of going through the negotiations, that’s just what it is. … it’s still very early in the stages of the conversation and I don’t know how long it’s going to take. But hopefully we can get something done soon.”
What Baldwin said he won’t do, though, is hold out. He said he will sign the tender to play if a long-term deal is not worked out.
“If we are unable to reach an agreement I will sign the tender, play that out, and then be an unrestricted free agent (in 2015),” he said.
He said sitting out the season “would not allow me to pursue my passion for playing football. So sitting out does nothing for me. I’m going to play this season whether it’s on the tender or under an extension.”
The Seahawks would appear in good shape to get something done.
The latest salary cap report from NFLPlayers.com, updated this morning, shows Seattle with $10.314 million remaining under the cap with 85 players under contract (remember that the roster limit is 90). The five remaining spots would be reserved for Baldwin and the four draft picks who have yet to officially sign — Justin Britt, Kevin Norwood, Kevin Pierre-Louis and Garrett Scott (though it’s possible some of the draft picks have signed and it just hasn’t been announced or gone through yet as the Seahawks, like all teams, have been knocking those off quickly).
Baldwin also said one of the best moments of the White House trip is that it brought back the entire 2013 team, including players who have since moved on such as Golden Tate, Red Bryant and Chris Clemons.
“It was like a family reunion,” he said. “The locker room will never be the same when those guys are gone — it’s just the nature of the business — so it was great to have them back with us.”