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The Seattle Seahawks have placed a second-round tender on restricted free-agent receiver Doug Baldwin, hoping to keep one of the key cogs in their offense from the 2013 championship season.
Seattle now has the right of first refusal if another team makes Baldwin an offer, giving the Seahawks a five-day window to match the offer.
If they don't match it, Seattle will receive a second-round draft choice from the team that signs him. If Baldwin doesn't sign elsewhere, he will receive a $2.187 million dollar contract from the Seahawks for the 2014 season.
Baldwin, who just completed his third season out of Stanford, was a bargain in 2013 at a salary-cap hit of $560,000. He caught 50 passes in the regular season for 778 yards and five touchdowns.
He also was outstanding in the playoffs, catching six passes for 106 yards in the NFC Championship Game victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Baldwin caught five passes for 66 yards, including a 10-yard TD catch, in the 43-8 Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos.
Some of Baldwin's friends and teammates were tweeting congratulations to him, thinking he had been re-signed. But he clarified that point later with a tweet of his own.
Thanks for the love peeps. However, I have not been signed to an extension. I've just been tagged with the 2nd round tender. More to come.- Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) March 7, 2014