Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin was one of the most efficient wideouts in the NFL last season on a per-target basis, and he hauled in a total of 50 passes for 778 yards and five touchdowns to essentially match the numbers he put up as a rookie coming out of Stanford. Baldwin will be higher on the depth chart with Golden Tate gone, but Percy Harvin will be healthy to start the season and rookies Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood will give the fourth-year WR a run for his money in training camp. Richardson has some DeSean Jackson-like skills, Norwood is a good possession guy, and both have reportedly been standouts in minicamp.
Baldwin currently has one-year left on his deal, and the Seahawks would like to make sure that they don’t lose him next offseason after Tate signed a significant deal with the Detroit Lions this offseason to be the WR2 next to Calvin Johnson. Per the Everett Herald’s John Boyle, Baldwin told Sports Radio KJR that the he and the Seahawks are in extension talks. In fact, the 25-year-old said that the Seahawks made a formal offer to him, which he has since countered.
It will be interesting to see if Baldwin and the ‘Hawks can agree to a deal before the season starts, and we’ll see if Baldwin values the hometown discount with the reigning Super Bowl champs as much as Michael Bennett did this offseason. I wonder if the additions of Richardson and Norwood affect John Schneider’s mindset when negotiating with Baldwin, who has sure hands, good speed, and the versatility to win outside or in the slot.