Seahawks GM Schneider: Doug Baldwin's Retirement Decision 'May Be Weeks Away'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2019

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 16: Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks is hit after a catch by Antone Exum #38 of the San Francisco 49ers during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The future of Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin remains up in the air.

General manager John Schneider said Saturday that Baldwin could still be weeks away from deciding whether he'll retire, per Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic:

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com also reported Baldwin was weighing retirement:

Baldwin, 30, appeared in 13 games for the Seahawks in the 2018 season, registering 50 receptions for 618 yards and five touchdowns. It was a down season for Baldwin, who had at least 75 receptions, 990 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in each of the previous three campaigns.

In total, his 2018 receptions were his fewest since 2013, his receiving yards the fewest since 2012 and his receiving touchdowns the lowest mark he's posted since 2014.

But injuries were a major factor. This offseason he's had surgery on his groin and shoulder, per Adam Schefter of ESPN, and he played through knee, elbow and hip injuries this past season as well.

Head coach Pete Carroll said he isn't sure what Baldwin's future holds but that the team would follow Baldwin's lead as he made his decision:

"He has been an extraordinary part of this program since we've been here and he has given us everything he has had, been a great competitor, player and all that. We believe in him so much and trust in him so much that wherever this goes, we're going to support him forever. He's been a great contributor in so many ways, not just on the team but in the community and everything else. He's been awesome, so we'll see what happens. He's working through it and we're going to follow Doug on this one."

His loss would be a big one for Seattle's passing game, though Tyler Lockett (57 receptions for 965 yards and 10 touchdowns) had a breakout campaign in 2018. The team also used a second-round pick on Ole Miss wideout D.K. Metcalf and a fourth-round pick on West Virginia receiver Gary Jennings Jr., bolstering the depth at the position and perhaps preparing for life without Baldwin.

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