The Seattle Seahawks have signed wide receiver Doug Baldwin to a four-year, $46 million contract extension. $24.25 million of that money is guaranteed. The deal is worth around $11.4 million per season, according to FOX Sports’ Mike Garofalo.
The deal comes after Baldwin had the best season of his career in 2015. He caught 78 passes for 1,069 yards and 14 touchdowns, which tied the league lead. It was also the newest single-season franchise record.
Doug Baldwin Signs Four-Year Extension With Seattle Seahawks
In three of his four seasons in the league, Baldwin recorded 700 yards, but had yet to reach the 1,000 yard mark until 2015. He was entering the final season of his contract, a three year, $13 million contract which he signed back in May 2014.
The deal also comes after the San Diego Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars signed their big receivers, Keenan Allen and Allen Hurns, to big contracts. The Seahawks seemed to have no problem with signing Baldwin, as they have in the past.
They once had a contract dispute with quarterback Russell Wilson. Contract talks with safety Kam Chancellor were so bad, he skipped out on two games. The Seahawks went on to lose both games.
Baldwin’s top performances in 2015 came against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. He caught three touchdowns in both games. He also caught 10 touchdowns from Week 12-15. That tied Jerry Rice for the best four-game span in NFL history.
On the game’s biggest stage, Baldwin caught five passes for 52 yards and a touchdown as the Seahawks defeated Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, 43-8.
Baldwin was signed by the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent out of Stanford in 2011. During his four seasons at Stanford University, he caught 96 passes for 1,360 yards and 13 touchdowns.
He was Wilson’s biggest target last season. With this contract extension, he will more likely than not continue to be his biggest target for years to come.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – FEBRUARY 02: Wide receiver Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks makes a reception in the first quarter against cornerback Champ Bailey #24 of the Denver Broncos during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)