Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider at the VMAC in Renton, WA. PHOTO: Doug Lange
Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin's Future in Question
April 26, 2018
The future playing career of Seattle Seahawks star Doug Baldwin appears to be in question. This stems from a report Friday from ESPN's Adam Schefter that according to NFL sources, the 30-year-old WR may have played his last down due to the cumulative effect of multiple injuries.
Seahawks GM John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll were asked about the report following the wrap-up of day 2 of the NFL Draft.
When asked if Baldwin was considering retirement, Schneider said "He's considering it, yeah, but there's a process to go through."
Carroll said he did not know about the likelihood of Baldwin playing again, but the organization would respectfully deal with everything going on and follow the 8-year veteran during the process.
"He's been an extraordinary part of this program since we've been here. He has given us everything he had," said Carroll. "Been a great competitor, a good player and all that and we believe in him so much and trust in him so much that wherever this goes we're going to support him forever.
Baldwin suffered through multiple injuries inlcuding both knees during the 2018 season. He played in just 13 games, recording his lowest numbers for receptions (50) and yards (618) since his 2nd year with the club in 2012.
Seattle drafted Ole Miss wide receiver DK Metcalf Friday with the 64th pick in the draft, but Schneider downplayed the role Baldwin's status had on making the selection at the end of the second round.
"We know Doug's going to have a hard time," said Schneider. There's a process we need to go through with Doug, but at that point with DK that didn't really weigh in, but there's still several doggone good wide receivers on the board, so we're working our way through that."
Metcalf, a chiseled prospect at 6-foot-3 and 228 pounds, caught 67 passes for 1228 yards with 14 TD's in 3 season at Ole Miss.
Is the the relative of former NFL stars Terry Metcalf (cousin) and Eric Metcalf (uncle) the complete package?
"I feel like I'm a complete receiver. I can run routes. I can catch the ball and I love blocking," said Metcalf. "I feel like as a receiver, I want to show a different side to where a lot of receivers don't like blocking. so I'm going to add that in my game and incorporate it into something that I like to do."
Seattle also selected a wide receiver on Saturday, using the 120th overall pick in the 4th round to take Gary Jennings out of West Virginia. In 4 years with the Mountaineers, Jennings had 168 catches for 2294 yards and 17 touchdowns.
- Doug Lange