Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin is in the final year of his contract with the NFC West side, and he looks to be on the verge of getting a nice new deal with the team anytime soon.
Baldwin had a great 2015 season, catching 78 balls for 1,069 yards and 14 touchdowns, with 484 yards and 11 touchdowns coming in the last five games of the season, helping the Seahawks appear in the playoffs for the fourth season in a row.
This was one of the most productive seasons ever by a Seahawks receiver, as the 14 touchdowns is a receiver record, and he is also just the third receiver in franchise history to have at least 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in a season. At the moment, he's currently only set to earn $4 million in 2016.
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Speaking with 950-AM KJR, according to ESPN, the wide receiver discussed his current contract situation with the Seahawks and said he wasn't too concerned about it all because he enjoys his time in Seattle.
He said: "We haven’t had any talks, and to be completely honest with you, I’m not too concerned with it. I’m enjoying my time right now with my training and my fiance. I’m anxious to get back out there with my teammates. So whatever happens, I’m going to leave it up to God, and he’ll direct me in the direction that I need to go.
"I love my teammates, and I love being in Seattle. Building a home out here. So this is where I’m going to spend the rest of my days. All of that comes into play."
The last contract extension Baldwin signed was a three-year deal worth $13 million back in 2014. Due to his performances since then, especially last season, he is most likely to receive a much bigger paycheck this time around.
His numbers are much better than that of wide receiver Marvin Jones, who recently signed this offseason a five-year, $40 million deal with the Detroit Lions, $13 million guaranteed. Baldwin should be receiving more money than this, but if he doesn't there is a chance he could become a free agent.
When asked about that possibility, the 27-year-old wasn't too concerned about that right now either, he'll just sort out that situation if it arrives.
He said: "I don’t look too far in the future. I try to focus on the task at hand, and so in this moment, if I were to answer that question, I would say, does free agency intrigue me as a football player, as a person? Of course. Anybody who’s in this game would love the opportunity to be coveted by other teams and shown that much attention and appreciation.
"But at the same time, it’s what you truly value in life. What I value is the relationships that I’ve formed here in Seattle and Seattle the city as a whole. I love it here. So you’re right. It’s going to come down to a business decision. But when that time comes, I’ll cross that bridge. But right now, not thinking about it too much."
The Seahawks face a tricky decision when it comes to Baldwin, as he only really started to score touchdowns during the last five games of the 2015 season. The question is, can he do it for a full season, and make the step up in receiving yards to join the likes of Antonio Brown and Julio Jones as one of the best in the league?
Seattle could make sure they have his services for the future now, or they could see how he does in 2016 to try and get him on a better deal. But if he has an even better season, they could be forced to pay up or let him hit free agency.
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