After being outbid by the Cleveland Browns for tight end Ben Watson, the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to terms with free agent tight end Chris Baker, ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter reports.
Schefter reports the deal is worth $4.75 million dollars, with $2.75M paid in 2010.
Baker (6-3, 258) spent last season with the New England Patriots, starting 7 of 16 games and catching 14 passes for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
A third-round pick (88th overall) out of Michigan State by the New York Jets in 2002, the 30-year old tight end from Queens, New York has 159 receptions for 1,647 yards and 14 touchdowns during his 8-year career.
The signing of Baker is not a challenge to starter John Carlson.
Under new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, the Seahawks are likely to employ more two-tight end sets, with both tight ends preferably being viable options in the passing game. Seattle's current back-up tight end, John Owens, is more of a blocker, while Baker (and initial FA target Watson) are known more for their receiving abilities.
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