Seahawks release Doug Baldwin, Kam Chancellor

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It’s been known for a while that wide receiver Doug Baldwin‘s future was in doubt after a series of injuries that resulted in three offseason surgeries and it seems the Seahawks don’t believe he’ll be able to play again.

The Seahawks released Baldwin with a failed physical designation on Thursday. There was word recently that Baldwin was leaning toward retiring, but he would have owed the Seahawks $2.8 million if he did that before being released.

Safety Kam Chancellor has been in a similar spot over the last two years because of the neck injury that ended his playing career. He was also released on Thursday with the same designation.

“The Seahawks have made the difficult decision to terminate/failed physical Doug Baldwin and Kam Chancellor,” General manager John Schneider said in a statement. “These are two of the most iconic players in franchise history and both were instrumental in establishing our championship culture, great examples of competitiveness and leadership on the field and in the community. These legendary players will always be a part of our Seahawks family.”

Baldwin leaves with the second-most touchdown catches and third-most catches and receiving yards in Seahawks history.

The moves don’t change the short-term outlook for the Seahawks as they were not planning to have either player in the lineup this season. It does continue the exodus of players tied to their Super Bowl XLVIII championship. Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright are now the only players on the current roster who played in MetLife Stadium that night.

46 responses to “Seahawks release Doug Baldwin, Kam Chancellor

  1. If these are designated June 1 cuts, the Seahawks just went from $25 million in cap space for for 2019 and $54 million in 2020 to $38.6 million in 2019 and $77.2 million in 2020.

    “Ndomakong Suh on line 1 Mr. Schneider…”

  2. Everything comes too an end at some point. I wish game of thrones was not on that path as well. Ghost deserved better

  3. Bummed about this expected move on Chancellor. More bummed by Baldwin being released. I’m glad that Kam is well compensated by his injury guarantees in his contract. The cap savings I’m sure made this happen more quickly for Baldwin. While the savings this year are not as big as next season that is when it will be most needed. Expect the cap savings to be used to extend Several critical pieces (B.W.) and a couple more Free Agents. Suh up next?

  4. Meanwhile, Wagner gonna rep himself in contract negotiations.
    So expect 2019 to be his last year unless they tag him, which I don’t see happening.

    But hey, they still got Russell Wilson, so why worry?

  5. When you are going to criticize a player for holding out, remember that these are two great players that gave their all for the team and here they are…kaput.

    This 49er fan tips her hat to two great competitors who made the game better.

  6. I’m not a Seahawk fan, but I love me some Doug Baldwin. Wearing 89, he almost looked and played like Steve Smith. Small but scrappy player that plays way bigger than their size. Willing to do anything for the team. Great player. Wish him well.

  7. tylawspick6 says:
    Fake dynasty over.
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    That’s what you said last year. They have a stacked roster, their Hall of Fame QB locked up for 5 years and about $115 million in cap space to spend over the two years. Good luck with that.

  8. Two all-time great Seahawks. They were both animals on the field and a force to be reckoned with. If there was any chance Baldwin would play again I believe Seattle would have kept him around. Happy retirement to two awesome players.

  9. Don’t think anyone wants to see a broken down Doug Baldwin in any other NFL jersey
    Would be to close of a comparison when Johnny Unitas was a Charger.

  10. That’s what you said last year. They have a stacked roster, their Hall of Fame QB locked up for 5 years and about $115 million in cap space to spend over the two years. Good luck with that.

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    Did the Hawks win the SB last year? I thought someone else did…stacked roster? They snuck into the playoffs last year and got bounced – who’s the HOF QB they have locked up? Are you referring to Wilson? So, winning a SB and averaging 200 yds passing a year now makes you a lock for the HOF? Yeah, good luck with that is right.

  11. Baldwin and Chancellor were great football players in their positions but fans of other teams shouldn’t think Seattle won’t be good without them…Seattle has already reloaded their roster….

  12. Two classless players. There on field behavior spoke to their true character.. Nobody is going to miss them! Nobody has it any better! Choke on it!

  13. Sad to see my boys go. Heard on the radio that the failed physical designation gives them more money than if they filed retirement paperwork. Respect to the organization and Allen family for sending them off the right way.

  14. According to overthecap, the savings is $25 million this year and $28 million next year. Some of that is dead money. It’s not like they have an extra $25 mill this year anyways. Don’t forget the additional $10 million a year that Wilson will now ne making.

  15. Man, two more core members of the Seattle dynasty teams, or I mean team, have called it quits. That’s got to be hard on the fans there. You have my sympathy.

  16. After his lewd TD celebration in the SB, I say good riddance. What a classless punk.

  17. grumpysal says:
    Did the Hawks win the SB last year? I thought someone else did…stacked roster? They snuck into the playoffs last year and got bounced – who’s the HOF QB they have locked up? Are you referring to Wilson? So, winning a SB and averaging 200 yds passing a year now makes you a lock for the HOF? Yeah, good luck with that is right.
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    217 career TD passes (30 per year). Number 2 all-time in passer rating. Number 9 all-time in playoff passer rating. Only player in NFL HISTORY to throw for 300 yards and run for 100 yards in the same game. Number 2 all time in TD/INT ratio. One of only 2 players in NFL HISTORY to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for 500 yards in the same season (Steve Young). Came within passing 80 yards of doing it twice. 24 career 4th quarter comeback wins. Only QB in NFL HISTORY to start his career with 7 straight winning seasons. Led the NFL in passer rating in 2015. Led the NFL in TD passes in 2017. Super Bowl champion. 123.5 passer rating in his first Super Bowl.

    So yeah, Russell Wilson is Hall of Fame lock, even if he never played another down.

  18. Well, pretty much a full roster turnover from the SB win in 2013, which does feel like a long time ago now. russell, bobby, KJ left, and i think that’s it. nature of the game.

    as others have said – two cornerstones of a really fun era for the hawks. doug was a super-solid receiver — and Kam, was special. There’s not been many players who could do everything he could at his peak.

  19. KeepItReal says:
    According to overthecap, the savings is $25 million this year and $28 million next year. Some of that is dead money. It’s not like they have an extra $25 mill this year anyways. Don’t forget the additional $10 million a year that Wilson will now ne making.
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    The Seahawks have $116 million in cap space to spend over the next two years, $33 million of it this year, and less than $3 million in dead money. So actually, they have tons of cap space and almost zero dead money.

  20. Packers fan here. Two great players who definitely made our lives miserable more than once. Tremendous respect for both.

  21. If the patriots are the standard for what an elite team is, then every single other team falls short, and has fallen short of such leveling, since the beginning of professional football. Over the last 8 years, the Seahawks have been the best team in football not named the Patriots. And they’ve done it their own way. Last season was proof that although Kam and Doug, and for that matter, Sherman, Bennett, Avril and Thomas haven’t been available, they’re still a very good team. The idea that Kam and Doug leaving closes the chapter on the “good” Seahawks, simply doesn’t hold water, on the basis of literal, eyewitness evidence. 10-6 without any of the aforementioned stars playing regularly for this team last season means the organization is a winning organization. The coaching is elite. The front office is elite. The system is a winning system. So throw all the parties you want, if you hate the Seahawks…they’ll soon be throwing a big one of their own once again.

  22. The last time Seattle had a quality playoff win, the Cardinals went farther than them in the playoffs. Only playoff win Seattle has had since 2015 was against the Lions when Stafford had a broken thumb on his throwing hand, and Stafford shouldn’t have played but tried anyways.

    Last year’s Seahawk fans were ecstatic about the most predictable offense in football, which is why I told you they’d be one and done. Guess what? They lost to the Cowboys and were one and done.

    The analytics say that the Hawks are due for a regression this year too with their Martyball “always run on first down” offense. What does regression mean for a one and done wild card team? That’s easy – they will be out of the playoffs this year. Bank on that the same way we banked on them losing to the Cowboys.

  23. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 9, 2019 at 6:23 pm
    After his lewd TD celebration in the SB, I say good riddance. What a classless punk.

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    A few inconvenient facts: Your team drafted Aaron Hernandez. Wes Welker took classless shots at another coach in the media. Your “star” WR acquisition last year quit on the team, mid-season. And the track record of Pats WR draft picks is stanky. Not to mention your RB wore a shirt that profanely insulted Marshawn Lynch, at the post SB parade. Let’s talk “classless”…please…let’s do…all day.

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