Doug Baldwin in no hurry to retire, but likely to retire

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The Seahawks acknowledged that veteran wide receiver is considering retirement, but it may be leaning even more heavily in that direction.

According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Baldwin is “leaning toward” retiring after undergoing three offseason surgeries, but it could be months before a decision is made.

This decision, like many of them, largely comes down to money.

If Baldwin retired now, he’d owe the Seahawks $2.8 million to cover a portion of his signing bonus they’ve already paid. If he showed up healthy and they released him, he’d keep that money.

That’s a simplistic version, but the end result is that Baldwin appears unlikely to play for them again. That’s part of the reason they drafted three receivers last weekend, including second-rounder D.K. Metcalf.

9 responses to “Doug Baldwin in no hurry to retire, but likely to retire

  1. He done.
    At least with the Seahawks.
    Could maybe see him with the 49ers if Sherman is still there.

  2. I think the bigger reason they drafted three receivers is bcuz Baldwin has been the only truly reliable, clutch receiver they’ve had over the past 6 years.

    Then again, it’s curious that T.O. couldn’t make the team roster…

  3. “The Seahawks acknowledged that veteran wide receiver is considering retirement, but it may be leaning even more heavily in that direction.”

    WHAT?

  4. So now the Hawks have Wilson and, uh, um, a bunch of cap space? Yikes!

    Keep your chin up seahawks fans and look on the bright side, you a least have one good starter and they happen to be a QB.

  5. It’s not the 2.8M that is of concern. (Seahawks would waive it anyway) It’s the multitudes of Millions he is set to make if he plays this and next year that is one driving force. The money he gets if injury ends his career, like Kam, is another consideration. Then, the biggest factor is his competitive spirit. Everyone feels he will retire. I doubt it and think this is the frustration of several surgeries talking. I bet he returns.

  6. Doug is probably my favourite Seahawk of the last 10 years. He was a pro’s pro. That being said the team may have to cut him before any other guarantees kick into place for the cap space.

    Hawks are still carrying dead money from career ending injuries to Kam for 2 years and Cliff Avril last year. I hope he retires before it comes to that.

  7. The Hawks WR corps is going to be terrible this season without Doug Baldwin. Without Baldwin SEA core of WR’s is the worst insie the NFC-W by good wide margin.

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