Seahawks lock up Doug Baldwin through 2016

ESPN - [Full Article]

Financial terms were not released, but a source told's Terry Blount that the deal will pay Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin a minimum of $16 million over three years, and possible $19.5 million overall if achievable bonuses are reached.

Baldwin has consistently produced since joining the Seahawks as an undrafted rookie in 2011. He led the team's receivers in catches (51), yards (788) and touchdowns (four) that season, and last season ranked second in receptions (50) and yards (778) and tied for first with five touchdowns.

He was particularly effective in the playoffs, his 24-yard catch on third-and-3 early in the fourth quarter of the divisional round helping stall a Saints rally and set up the decisive touchdown, and his 51-yard reception in the NFC Championship Game win over the 49ers setting up the Seahawks' first points after they trailed 10-0. He finished that game with six catches for 106 yards.

Fantasy Impact: 

Once Sidney Rice went down, Baldwin emerged as a productive starter, averaging 3.6 catches for 55 yards and 0.45 TD in his final 11 games (including three postseason games where he caught 13 passes for 202 yards and a TD). Those are solid fantasy WR3 numbers. The contract indicates that the Seahawks view Baldwin as a starter, and if that's the case he's likely to continue to post WR3 numbers in that role.

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