Seahawks move on from Baldwin, Chancellor

Ruben Hill
May 10, 2019

The Seattle Seahawks are moving on from Doug Baldwin, terminating the veteran wide receiver's contract with a failed physical designation.

"The Seahawks have made the hard decision to terminate/failed physical Doug Baldwin and Kam Chancellor", Seahawks general manager John Schneider said on the team's website. "These legendary players will always be a part of our Seahawks family".

The news was expected for the 31-year-old Chancellor, who sat out all of last season with a neck injury that was described as career ending.

Baldwin joined the team in 2011 as an undrafted rookie.

However, after playing through a 2018 season that was marred by injury, Baldwin underwent three surgeries this offseason to fix damage to his shoulder, knee, and fix a sports hernia. He remained Russell Wilson's top target in all but three seasons (2012, 2013, and 2018), and holds franchise records for most receiving touchdowns in a single season (14, set in 2015) and most catches in a single season (94, set in 2016).

NFL Network reports Baldwin is "leaning toward" retirement, with his release allowing him to keep his signing bonus and possibly future injury-protection money.

Chancellor, a 2010 fifth-round pick, became a starter in 2011 and evolved into the Legion of Boom's tone-setting strong safety.

"I've played through all types of bruises and injuries at a high level".

It's just two more big departures of guys from those championship days and it came as a shock for fans, who thought Chancellor would be done but hoped that Baldwin would return. "To walk away from the game by choice is one thing, to walk away from the game because of the risk of paralysis is another". A four-time Pro-Bowler and two-time second-team All-Pro, Chancellor was twice named the team's Steve Largent Award victor, and was voted a team captain by his teammates three times.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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