RENTON, Wash. -- If Day 1 of Seattle's organized team activities is any indication, the Seahawks may want to hurry up and finalize a contract extension for receiver Doug Baldwin.
Baldwin was the clear standout Tuesday in the first OTA practice sessions, catching three deep throws, including a one-handed grab to beat Richard Sherman for a touchdown.
“Doug has been a tremendous player,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said after the practice session. “When you go back and look at the last few years, and you look at the significant plays that have happened, he’s been a part in a lot of big stuff.
“He continues to always be at the front in making things happen, and he did it again [Tuesday]. He had a great day. He’s just such a great worker and such a disciplined competitor. He brings it every chance he gets and it shows.”
Baldwin, starting his fourth season out of Stanford, was a restricted free agent at the end of last season. The Seahawks have offered him a second-round tender, which will pay him $2.187 million in 2014.
Baldwin hasn’t signed the tender offer, but he is negotiating with the team for a contract extension. Baldwin said he submitted a counter offer to the original extension offer from the Seahawks.
Baldwin likely is looking for a multi-year deal that will pay him in the neighborhood of $5 million a season. If he doesn’t reach a contract extension agreement with the team, he will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2014 season.
Baldwin earlier said he would not hold out, not matter what happens with his contract talks. He was on his game Tuesday, beating cornerbacks Byron Maxwell and Phillip Adams deep, along with Sherman. Baldwin also blew by cornerback A.J. Jefferson on a slant route.