Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin’s career could be in doubt due to the cumulative effect of multiple injuries, ESPN reported Friday night during the 2019 NFL Draft.
According to the report, there’s “a real chance” Baldwin, 30, has already played his last NFL down.
Baldwin has had three surgeries this offseason — on his knee, shoulder and abdomen — after battling nagging injuries throughout the 2018 campaign. Prior to 2018, Baldwin had missed a total of two games in his seven-year career, but he missed three last season.
General manager John Schneider told reporters last week that Baldwin was recovering, but he declined to put a timetable on the receiver’s return. The expectation was Baldwin would likely miss the team’s offseason workouts.
“He’s a tough guy, though,” Schneider said. “If anybody can recover from surgeries like this, it’s Doug.”
Head coach Pete Carroll said in February the team was “counting on” Baldwin in 2019.
Baldwin finished with 50 catches for 618 yards and five touchdowns last season. The first two marks were the second-worst of his career, and his five scores were his fewest in a season since 2014.
The Seahawks added a wideout in the draft on Friday, trading up to take Ole Miss’ D.K. Metcalf with the final pick of the second round. Many considered Metcalf a contender to be the first wideout off the board, but he wound up as the ninth.
Baldwin has played predominantly in the slot throughout his career, while Metcalf is primarily an outside receiver and a vertical threat.
–Field Level Media