It’s a good thing the Seahawks just drafted D.K. Metcalf.
Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin may have played his last down in the NFL due to the cumulative injuries he has sustained in his career, according to ESPN.
At the age of 30, Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin might be unable to play again due to the cumulative effect of multiple injuries, per sources. There is a real chance that Baldwin, one of the Seahawks’ best and most popular players, has played his last NFL down, a source said Friday.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 27, 2019
Baldwin played 13 games last season with the Seahawks, hauling in 50 passes for 618 yards and five touchdowns.
He had knee and shoulder surgery following the 2018 season and missed the Seahawks’ second and third games of the year due to other injuries. He did not record a catch in the team’s opener.
The Seahawks have not made an announcement saying Baldwin is expected to end his career. Head coach Pete Carroll sounded optimistic about Baldwin’s recovery in March.
“There’s never been anybody that’s tougher and more able to come back from whatever challenges he’s (faced),” Carroll said. “He has been extraordinarily adept at figuring out how to return from the circumstances of being banged up. If he could, he will. If he could do it, he will. I have no doubt in that. But it’s been a challenging offseason for him. He’s had a lot of stuff he’s been working on. This latest one is going to take some time again. Whatever he has to do, we’re going to follow, support and believe in it. If anybody can do it, he can get it done.
“I have so much respect for the way he was able to deal with. He was so banged up. He had a number of things that surfaced last year. It’s been challenging.”
Baldwin has played his entire career with the Seahawks and has caught 493 passes for 6,563 yards and 49 touchdowns while being named to two Pro Bowls.
Update: Seahawks general manager John Schneider released a statement after the story came out.
“(He’s) considering it yeah,” Schneider said. “But there is a process to go through with that…He’s at a point in his career where he is considering a lot of things and once you get there, there is a lot of different ways, there is stuff with the league office, with the union that you know we need to work through with him.”
Schneider on Baldwin considering retiring: pic.twitter.com/exsKGAzRxY
— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) April 27, 2019