Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin has agreed to a two-year extension with the Seahawks keeping him with the team through 2016.
The news was initially reported by ESPN’s Jim Trotter and since confirmed to the Times.
Various reports, also since confirmed by the Times, state that Baldwin will end up receiving at least $13 million over three years, with $9 million in the first two seasons and $8.5 million guaranteed.
The deal is expected to be officially announced at a press conference today at 1 p.m.
Baldwin had been seeking a new deal after the team placed a second-round tender on him in March that would have paid him $2.18 million for this season and allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent in 2015.
Baldwin himself had said on several occasions in recent days that talks were ongoing, saying a few weeks ago that they were “going in the right direction.”
Baldwin had also said he would not hold out during the process and had been attending all team workouts and OTAs.
Baldwin was the second-leading receiver on the Seahawks last season with 50 catches for 778 yards and five touchdowns in what was his third year out of Stanford, having initially arrived in the NFL as an undrafted free agent.
He then added five catches for 66 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl.
Re-signing Baldwin helps complete the Seahawks’ off-season to-do list as the team had earlier agreed to extensions or new contracts with the likes of Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas. Seattle also has all of its 2014 draft picks under its contract.
UPDATE — And for some perspective on how Baldwin’s deal fits in with others signed by receivers this off-season, Jason La Confora of CBSSports.com wrote this morning that Baldwin could also receive an additional $2 million in incentives and that: “His new money average per year of $5.5 million a year would put him in the top five of all wide receiver free-agent deals this offseason, and if he maxes out his bonuses he would be right in line with former teammate Golden Tate’s average on his five-year deal with Detroit.”