Doug Baldwin wasn’t drafted in 2011. He wasn’t a highly-touted prospect out of Stanford. He’s not 6 feet tall, nor does he run a sub-4.40 40-yard dash. But after Tuesday’s big contract extension, he’s now one of the highest paid receivers in the NFL.
The Seattle Seahawks and Baldwin agreed to a four-year, $46 million extension, making him the seventh-highest paid receiver in the league. It was a long road as an undrafted free agent, but Baldwin earned his money with an outstanding season in 2015.
On Facebook, Baldwin reflected on his journey and the night that he wasn’t drafted, leading him to believe his football career was over.
Baldwin may not be the biggest or fastest receiver in the NFL, but he gained the trust of Russell Wilson and the Seahawks last season with 14 touchdowns and 1,069 yards receiving, playing a huge role in Seattle’s second-half resurgence. On a team with uncertainty at wide receiver, Baldwin is a consistent and reliable asset for Wilson to have.