The Seattle Seahawks and Doug Baldwin continue to talk about a new contract and while the veteran could hold out, it is not going to happen according to the wide receiver.
“I’m going to play football,” Baldwin said while appearing on ESPN 710. “Football is my passion. It just wouldn’t make sense in my mind to sit out for any reason.”
Baldwin has yet to sign a second-round restricted-free-agent tender worth $1.187 million. While Baldwin is hoping to reach a multi-year extension with the Seahawks he made it clear he would play in 2014 on a one-year deal.
“I don’t play the game of football to get paid. As funny as that sounds to people, I don’t play the game of football to get paid, although that comes with it,” he said. “The more you do well on the football field, the more accolades and positive things in that regard come to you. My ultimate goal is to leave the game of football known as one of the best receivers to ever play the game. And if that’s the case, if that happens, then everything else is going to come with it.
“So I’m not focused on trying to get leverage for this or that, I’m just trying to be the best football player I can because that ultimately will be the best leverage that I can obtain.”
Baldwin, 25, caught 50 passes for 778 yards and five touchdowns during the regular season in 2013.