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Is Doug Baldwin paid fairly?

Third in a series of four poll questions

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks
feet down, or “the dougie”
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this week, Field Gullers declared both Michael Bennett and Russell Wilson underpaid, by 24-17 and 41-10 margins respectively. Doug Baldwin requested* a turn under the microscope.


Baldwin is on his third contract as a Seattle Seahawk. Hs undrafted deal ran from 2011-2013 and paid him relative peanuts. And pretzels. Salty pretzels. Then, his first extension was for 3 years and 13 million dollars.

Fast-forward to 2015, in which he surpassed 1,000 yards for the first time and led the league in touchdowns, with 14. Renegotiation and another extension mean Baldwin currently enjoys an average annual payday of $11.5 million after completing year one of a 4/46. His cap hits escalate from 9.65 to 11.65 million now through 2020.

Baldwin’s 2015 and 2016 statistical averages are:

  • 86 receptions
  • 1,099 yards
  • 10.5 touchdowns
  • a catch rate of 75.4 percent

Of course, in the previous two seasons, he’d averaged 58-802-4 with a 68.2 catch rate.

Baldwin is an unquestioned leader among the offensive players. But is he underpaid, overpaid, or neither?


Is Doug Baldwin presently overpaid?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Yes, substantially
    (31 votes)
  • 14%
    Yeah but only a little
    (127 votes)
  • 57%
    His compensation is just
    (505 votes)
  • 18%
    If anything, he’s a little bit underpaid
    (158 votes)
  • 5%
    Not at all, he’s a bargain at his current price.
    (51 votes)
872 votes total Vote Now