Friday Round-Up: Doug Baldwin's new deal; Semifinal round of Madden cover vote ends today

Posted May 30, 2014

A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Friday, May 30 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Doug Baldwin's New Deal

Seahawks wide receiver "Angry" Doug Baldwin was given several reasons to flash a smile yesterday when he signed a new contract with the team that is slated to keep him in Seattle through the 2016 season.

In Baldwin, the Seahawks were able to secure another one of their core players for the foreseeable future. Since their victory in Super Bowl XLVIII, the team has locked up defensive end Michael Bennett, cornerback Richard Sherman, and free safety Earl Thomas to long-term deals. Baldwin looks to be the final piece of the team's offseason puzzle, although general manager John Schneider indicated there still may be work to do. Just don't think all those deals have allowed complacency to set in.

"Nothing has changed," Baldwin told reporters during Thursday's press conference announcing his new deal. "Obviously, everyone around us - the fans, the community, the city of Seattle - has shown that they’re extremely excited about the Super Bowl, but all of us as players, we’re just so anxious to get back to work to show that we belong. That it wasn’t a fluke, that we can go out and do it again, and that we will do it again. That’s what the guys are so anxious about. You see it at practice. Some of you guys were at practice on Tuesday and you have seen that. Nothing has changed for us."

Semifinal Round Of Madden Cover Vote Ends Today

The semifinal round of the fan-voting competition to determine which player will grace the cover of Madden NFL 15 comes to a close today.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is up against San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on one side, with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton battling it out on the other. You can cast a vote for Sherman right here.

Steve Largent Is The Greatest Player In Seahawks History

Elliot Harrison of has crowned who he believes to be the greatest player in franchise history for every NFC team, and Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent gets the nod for the Seahawks.

Harrison says, "While contemporary chatter about the Seahawks centers on defense and the quarterback, the Legion of Boom and Russell Wilson have a looooong way to go to catch up with the best pass-catcher in team history. Largent was a model of consistency. He was not only the first All-Pro in Seattle, but he played 14 seasons at a high level. When Largent retired, he was the all-time NFL leader in catches, receiving yards and touchdown receptions. Walter Jones and Cortez Kennedy give Largent a run for his money, but no dice."

You can check out Harrison's list of AFC all-time greats right here.

More From Around The Web Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth catches up with safety Jeron Johnson about his jersey switch from No. 32 to No. 23 - the number he wore at Boise State University.

Danny O'Neil of explains why wide receiver Doug Baldwin's new contract came as such a surprise.

Terry Blount of says Baldwin's new deal was all about family. Blount also passes along his defensive observations from Tuesday's open OTA session.

Peter Damilatis of throws some love at cornerback Byron Maxwell, naming him Seattle's "Secret Superstar" heading into the new season.

And Chris Wesseling of has 11 takeaways from Thursday's Organized Team Activities around the League. The Seahawks had the day off from on-field work, but get back at it today in a session that is closed to the media.

Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto