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Baldwin appears to indicate his retirement – NFL.com


In a letter to himself penned across Twitter, revisiting lessons learned and highlights lived, Doug Baldwin appeared to announce his retirement late Sunday night.

The tweets came three days removed from Seattle announcing it was terminating the contracts of Baldwin and fellow longtime Seahawks standout Kam Chancellor with failed physical designations.

Having undergone a trio of surgeries since the conclusion of the 2018 campaign, Baldwin’s potential retirement began to make news during the 2019 NFL Draft.

Baldwin’s final surgery was for a sports hernia and it followed a season in which he suffered a groin injury and was also battling knee and shoulder issues.


As a member of the Seahawks, Baldwin’s 493 catches for 6,593 yards and 49 touchdowns are all in the top three in franchise history.

Baldwin spent his entire eight-season career with the Seahawks, as he made the trip to two Pro Bowls, had a pair of 1,000-yard receiving seasons and helped the franchise to its greatest victory.

Baldwin had five catches for 66 yards and a touchdown in Seattle’s 43-8 throttling of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.

In 2018, Baldwin, an undrafted free agent out of Stanford, played in 13 games with 50 catches, 618 yards and five touchdowns during what is now his final season.

Hardly a prototypical wideout at 5-foot-10 and fewer than 200 pounds, Baldwin was often overlooked and underrated, but proved to be a clutch performer on offense for a franchise defined by defense in its heyday. While those that best characterized the Legion of Boom drew the most notice, Baldwin still shined in the Emerald City and now his Sundays as a Seahawk have ended.

Below is a selection of tweets from Baldwin’s Sunday thread:

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