Seattle Seahawks plan to have Doug Baldwin back in 2019
The Seattle Seahawks ushered in a bit of a youth movement prior to the 2018 NFL season. However, it appears that rule may not apply to wide receiver Doug Baldwin.
Baldwin endured a rough year due to a lingering elbow injury. According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, head coach Pete Carroll is confident that he will be back for the 2019 NFL season:
Carroll says of Doug Baldwin’s future that “we plan on him being with us.”
Carroll’s comments should come as no surprise. Baldwin solidified that notion with a warning to the rest of the league about the resurging Seahawks moving forward. More importantly, the veteran is under contract through the 2020 NFL season.
The Seahawks parted ways with a number of key veterans over the offseason in an attempt at a fresh rebuild. Not much was expected from them prior to the 2018 campaign, however, they managed to surpass expectations by making the playoffs as the second seed in the NFC West. Baldwin’s lack of participation in their success seemed to have raised questions about his future in Seattle.
Fortunately, the veteran was able to show that he is still more than capable of playing at a high level. Despite the down year, Baldwin’s rapport with quarterback Russell Wilson never wavered during crucial moments in games. He proved as much during the final stretch of the regular season and during Seattle’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Although the Seahawks will continue to develop their young talent, they will need players like Baldwin to help stabilize the roster at key positions.