One of the pillars of the Seahawks dynasty could be on his way to an early retirement.
Wide receiver Doug Baldwin, Seattle's No. 1 receiving option for much of the past decade, is contemplating his future in the NFL. The soon-to-be 31-year-old has undergone surgeries for a knee injury, shoulder problem, and a sports hernia during the offseason, and it seems the procedures are taking a toll on his body.
Doug Baldwin (31 in September) has had three separate surgeries since the season ended. Knee, shoulder, hernia. https://t.co/QNcj3K4LJB— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) April 3, 2019
The former undrafted free agent out of Stanford has made two Pro Bowl's and piled up 6,563 yards and 49 touchdowns over eight seasons in Seattle. Last year, however, he missed three games and only had 618 receiving yards, his fewest since 2012.
Perhaps preparing for the post-Baldwin era, Seattle has already brought in several of the top receivers in this draft for a visit, including Arizona State's N'Keal Harry.
Arizona State WR N’Keal Harry will make a pre-draft visit to the #Seahawks, source says. Seattle, which is waiting to see what Doug Baldwin decides on his future, picks 21st.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 4, 2019
Baldwin was, and still can be, a very productive receiver capable of making tough catches against the best defenders in the game. It would be disappointing if his body fails him and forces him out of the league for good.
Still, Baldwin underwent a plethora of offseason procedures in order to get himself back in game shape. Even if he starts the 2019 season 100% healthy, he runs the risk of re-aggravating his injuries and causing long-term damage.