Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin said Thursday there is a definite sense of urgency among the team as it begins its off-season program this week.

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Receiver Doug Baldwin was among the dozen or so Seahawks serving as celebrity waiters Thursday at a benefit for Ben’s Fund, a charity started by general manager John Schneider and his wife Traci to aid parents of autistic children (the Schneider’s son, Ben, is autistic).

But in an interview before he entered the event at the El Gaucho restaurant in Bellevue, Baldwin said that’s about all the waiting the team hopes to do this season.

Baldwin says the Seahawks share the same feeling as many of their fans that they let one get away last season when they started out 0-2 and 4-5 and ultimately were bounced in the divisional round of the playoffs.

“I think that all of us felt a certain sense of urgency at the end of the season and the off-season and we are just chomping at the bit to get back to work, to get back on the field and prove ourselves again,” Baldwin said.

That work took a significant step this week when most of the team gathered anew at the VMAC in Renton for the beginning of the team’s official nine-week off-season program. The program is voluntary, but most players are in attendance and Baldwin says there’s a little different feeling than the past two seasons when the team was coming off of Super Bowl appearances.

“It’s been phenomenal,” he said. “I think a lot of us are just really anxious to get back together because we feel like there is a lot of stuff that we have left undone. So we are anxious to get back to work perfecting our craft and take another shot at it. It’s been really exciting to see everybody back in the building — the energy is unbelievable right now.”

Baldwin agreed with the recent assessment of coach Pete Carroll that the feeling among the team is similar to that after the 2012 season when the Seahawks lost to Atlanta in the divisional playoff round. The Seahawks won their first Super Bowl the following season. Adding a little to the sense of deja vu is the return of two significant personalities from that 2013 team — cornerback Brandon Browner and defensive end Chris Clemons.

Browner signed his contract on Monday and has been a visible presence during workouts this week.

Baldwin said seeing Browner back in the locker room was “emotional. He is one of my closest friends on the team and when he left it was emotional for me. But to have him come back — he’s the same dude. He walks around the same way, he still talks trash the same way, too. It’s emotional. And we are just glad to have our family member back.”