Doug Baldwin has broken his silence with a heartfelt string of messages posted to social media, suggesting he plans to retire from the National Football League.
The now former Seahawks receiver, who was released by Seattle last Thursday with a failed physical designation, took to Twitter on Mother’s Day to write an introspective letter to his younger self — expressing gratitude to the journey so far and welcoming the next chapter of his life
“The end of one journey sees the beginning of another,” Baldwin wrote in the series of tweets. “And guess what … it will be one hell of a journey. You will feel emotional and physical pain you never knew existed. You will fail over and over again. But don’t worry, all of it will be the reason why you succeed.” Baldwin didn’t explicitly state that he’s retiring in the tweets, but he referenced an end to a journey multiple times and shared pictures from throughout his career. He ended the thread with a gif saying “My watch has ended.”
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Seahawks general manager John Schneider had confirmed that Baldwin was contemplating retirement during the NFL draft a couple weeks ago. Both Baldwin and Chancellor — who remained on Seattle’s roster in the 2018 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list — had their contracts terminated last week.
Baldwin had an injury-riddled 2018 campaign, voicing multiple times throughout the past year how much of a challenge the season was for him. More than once, he referred to his battles as “hell.”
Baldwin missed three games last year, the most in his career. He finished the 2018 season with 50 catches for 618 yards and five touchdowns. Baldwin trails just Steve Largent for most career receiving touchdowns in Seahawks history (Baldwin has 49 to Largent’s 100). He also ranks third in both career receptions (493) and career receiving yards (6,563).
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