Doug Baldwin and the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to a contract extension that locks up the former undrafted wide receiver through the 2016 season.
The team confirmed the new deal for Baldwin during a news conference Thursday afternoon. The agreement was first reported by ESPN.
The new contract is expected to add two additional seasons. Baldwin was a restricted free agent for 2014 and had a second-round tender placed on him by the club, but was hoping to get a long-term deal done.
Baldwin was Seattle’s leading receiver as a rookie and after being slowed by injuries in 2012, bounced back with a standout season during the Seahawks’ title run.
In the playoffs, Baldwin again came up big at key moments. He had a 24-yard, third-down reception in the NFC divisional playoff game that came one play before Marshawn Lynch’s clinching 31-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the 23-15 victory over New Orleans.
In the NFC championship game, against San Francisco, Baldwin finished with six receptions for 106 yards and had a 69-yard kickoff return in the third quarter.
Baldwin added another five catches for 66 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl blowout of Denver.
Field uneven for Jets’ quarterback job
Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg acknowledges that the quarterback competition between Geno Smith and Michael Vick isn’t quite "50-50."
During a conference call with season ticket holders Thursday, Mornhinweg insisted — as coach Rex Ryan has all offseason — that the quarterbacks will compete for the job. But he added that the competition between Smith and Vick won’t be exactly like last summer, when "everything was 50-50" between Smith and Mark Sanchez.
Mornhinweg recently said the team’s goal is to make sure Smith progresses, indicating that Smith had a slight edge over Vick entering the competition.
Saints safety Byrdhas back surgery
Saints coach Sean Payton says newly acquired safety Jairus Byrd has undergone surgery to address a nagging problem with a disc in his back and is expected to be fully recovered by the start of training camp. Byrd, signed as a free agent this offseason, has gone to three Pro Bowls in his five NFL seasons, all with Buffalo.
Browns hire VP
The Browns have hired Morocco Brown to serve as their vice president of player personnel. Brown spent the past six seasons as director of pro personnel for the Redskins.
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