Doug Baldwin became the first Seahawk on the NFL Network Top 100 Players of 2016 at No. 72. It's the first time he's been on the list.
There are a lot of lists unveiled during the NFL’s long off-season.
But the one that may hold the most cache to players, the NFL Network’s annual Top 100 players countdown, includes a new name this year — Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin.
Baldwin came in at No. 72 on the list of the top 100 players of 2016, which he noted on Twitter the minute it was unveiled.
Baldwin becomes the first Seahawk to make the list after a career season in 2015 when he led the Seahawks with 78 catches for 1,069 yards and 14 touchdowns, the latter mark tying for the NFL lead in 2015 while also setting a Seattle single-season record.
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Baldwin is now entering his sixth season and is widely expected to get a new contract sometime before the 2016 season as he enters the final year of a three-year deal worth a total of $13 million he signed in 2014.
The countdown is voted on by players, one reason it holds some weight in locker rooms, as well as being affiliated with the league.
The Seahawks had eight players on the list last season, the most in the NFL.
Seattle’s players on the list last year were: RB Marshawn Lynch (No. 9), CB Richard Sherman (11), S Earl Thomas (21), QB Russell Wilson (22), TE Jimmy Graham (31), S Kam Chancellor (41), LB Bobby Wagner (69) and DL Michael Bennett (90).
Baldwin is the sixth receiver on the 2016 list, joining New England’s Julian Edelman (87), Jacksonville’s Allen Hurns (89), Kansas City’s Jeremy Maclin (93), Buffalo’s Sammy Watkins (96), and Miami’s Jarvis Landy (98).
Ten new players are unveiled each week until the countdown is completed.