The Seahawks released Doug Baldwin today due to a failed physical. Seattle also released Kam Chancellor. It was a bad day in Seahawks-dom.
What an emotional roller-coaster of the week it has been for Seahawks fans. This week Seattle signed Ziggy Ansah to replace Frank Clark. That was maybe a positive. On Thursday, though, Seattle announced they have released Doug Baldwin due to a failed physical. Seattle also officially released Kam Chancellor, but Chancellor’s loss is softened by the fact he couldn’t play at all in 2018.
Let me be crass and speak for all Seahawks fans when I say the release of Doug Baldwin just sucks. Baldwin was a smart person, a good guy in the locker room, a great receiver for Russell Wilson and got every bit out of his ability that he could. If every player had Baldwin’s drive and dedication to success, every team would be better. Baldwin will be missed and there is no argument to be made otherwise.
Baldwin will be leaving as one of the best receivers in Seattle history. An undrafted free agent out of Stanford, he went from a 29-catch second season to a 94-reception season in 2016. He has led the Seahawks in targets the last five years. When Seattle needed an important play made by a receiver, Baldwin was the guy to do it most of the time over the past half-decade.
Sure, Baldwin’s release will save the Seahawks a lot of money. But if a truly healthy Baldwin had played in 2019, Seattle would be a better team. And probably in 2020 too. Of course, when Seattle drafted three receivers in this year’s NFL draft, 12s all knew what was going to happen: Baldwin was going to be gone.
Chancellor was released, too, on Thursday. But this was expected and was a long-time coming. 12s knew Chancellor wasn’t going to play anymore. But we had hopes that Baldwin would and now we know he won’t. It’s a sad day in Seattle.