At the age of 30, the large receiver of Seattle Seahawks Doug Baldwin may not be able to play again due to the cumulative effect of multiple injuries, ESPN sources said.
"It's a real possibility that Baldwin, one of the best and most popular Seahawks players, played his last NFL," a source said Friday.
Only in the low season, the Wide Pro Bowl receiver underwent a groin and shoulder surgery. It is believed that Baldwin would like to continue playing, but may simply not be able to do so, according to sources. The Seahawks know it could be at the end of his career.
Asked Friday night if Baldwin had indicated whether he could stop playing, general manager John Schneider said, "He is considering it, yes."
Coach Pete Carroll, when asked about the likelihood that Baldwin would not play again, added: "We'll find out, we'll have to deal with Doug and respect everything that's happening, I don't know."
Seattle used the last choice of Friday's second round of the NFL draft, the 64th general selection, on DK Metcalf, Ole Miss's wide receiver.
The Seahawks know they need help in the position. It was known that Baldwin fought injuries throughout last season, but he played with them. Carroll and Schneider have made no secret of the difficult road ahead for Baldwin, given the recent injuries and surgery.
"It has been an amazing part of this program since we were here and has given us everything it has had, it has been a great competitor, player and all," said Carroll. "We believe in him so much and we believe in him so much that, wherever he goes, we will support him forever. He has contributed a great deal in so many ways, not only in the team but in the community and in everything else. It was fantastic, so we'll see what it happens, it is working on it and we will follow Doug on this ".
Baldwin's 2018 nightmare season included injuries to both knees, one elbow, one shoulder, the groin, and the hip. Carroll said that Baldwin had a "trial" done on one knee during this offseason and that the problem is still a cause for concern.
"When you get to this point, it is at a point in your career where you are considering a lot of things, and once you get there, there are many different ways – there are things with the office of the league , with the union we need to work on, "said Schneider.
The receiver admitted in December that he was "the flip side" of his career. A couple of days passed before he took a couple of touchdown passes at a loss in San Francisco. He had his best game of the season a week later in a victory over Kansas City, with seven outlets for 126 yards and another score.
So he was still an impact player, despite the injuries that kept him out of three games and limited him in others, but his 618 yards were his fewest since 2012. Before 2018, that 2012 season marked the turn most recent in which he did not play a complete list of 16 games.
"He was challenged by this," Carroll said in March when he was asked where Baldwin's head is after the most difficult season of his career. "Being less than he was in the past – he has always done everything, he has never lost a day of practice, he has always worked in every exercise we've ever had – it was difficult for him to deal with this. Monitor it during all year, I have so much respect for the way he was able to deal with it. "
Baldwin is planning to make a profit of $ 9.25 million in 2019, with another $ 750,000 available as a bonus per game roster. It could reach $ 11 million in 2020, the last year of its contract.
Tyler Lockett led the Seahawks with a 965-yard reception last season, followed by Baldwin (618) and David Moore (445). The veteran Jaron Brown, whose 166-yard ranks sixth, is under contract for another season, with a cap charge of $ 3.725 million. Amara Darboh, Malik Turner, Keenan Reynolds and Caleb Scott complete the receiver depth table.
Schneider stated that Baldwin's status was not an important factor in the team's decision to draft Metcalf.
"We know that Doug will have a hard time, it's a process we have to face with Doug," the GM said. "But at that point with DK, this doesn't really have a burden. But there are still many doggone good receivers on the board, so we'll work on it."
Brady Henderson of ESPN contributed to this report.
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