The Seattle Seahawks released Doug Baldwin on Thursday with a failed physical, potentially bringing an end to one of the most unexpected “Hall of Great At Least” careers we’ve ever seen.
Baldwin, an undrafted free agent out of Stanford in 2011, immediately took over as the Seahawks number one receiver as a rookie when Mike Williams proved to be a one-year wonder in Pete Carroll’s first season. When Seattle drafted Russell Wilson in 2012 the pair didn’t connect at all, as Baldwin went from 788 yards in year one to 366, but as the relationship grew so did Baldwin’s uncanny ability to make catches that maybe only four other players in the NFL could make.
In 2013, Baldwin helped the Seahawks win their first Super Bowl, catching 13 of 15 targets in that postseason with over 200 yards. In 2014, he helped them get back there, hauling in his second touchdown catch in as many Super Bowls. In 2014, Baldwin led the NFL in touchdowns (14), including a historical stretch of 12 over a 7-game stretch. In 2015, he made his first Pro Bowl (nope, no Pro Bowl in 2015) with a career-high 1,128 yards, and he got his second PB nod.
Few have ever or will do it better at receiver for the Seahawks than Doug Baldwin. He had a surprising entrance and just as surprising of an exit.
It’s not just us who will miss you, it’s every player and coach on this team. The offense just will not be the same.