Doug Baldwin strikes deal with Seahawks, says 'nothing changes for me'

Staff writerMay 29, 2014 

Doug Baldwin popped a bottle of apple cider — he doesn’t drink alcohol — in celebration at Thursday’s press conference in Renton.

Flanked by general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll, the Seahawks formally announced a deal with Baldwin that can keep him in Seattle through 2016. He’ll play 2014 on the restricted free agent tender, then be on a two-year extension after that. His guaranteed money is $8.5 million, with the deal reportedly worth at least $13 million total.

“Nothing changes for me,” Baldwin said. “I signed my name to a piece of paper. A piece of paper does nothing for me.”

In the front row Thursday was his Stanford pal Richard Sherman. Baldwin said there were two reasons he came to the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2011.

First, Schneider had sent him a hand-written letter explaining why he thought Baldwin would be a fit in Seattle.

Second was Sherman, who often refers to Baldwin as his son, though they are more like brothers.

Schneider and Carroll both lauded Baldwin’s work ethic, ability to be clutch and the attitude they say epitomizes what the organization wants to be about.


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