The Facts: Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday, HC Pete Carroll said Baldwin had knee and shoulder surgeries after the season ended.
Diehards Line: Baldwin, 30, was Seattle’s Pro Bowl wide receiver in 2016 and ‘17 before the first injury-filled season of his eight years in the NFL with the Seahawks. Through the injuries last season, Baldwin had seven catches for 126 yards and a touchdown in Seattle’s upset of eventual AFC finalist Kansas City in mid-December. That performance clinched the Seahawks’ sixth playoff appearance in seven years. It also signaled to the veteran and to his team he remains the top target for quarterback Russell Wilson. When he’s healthy. Last season’s unending pain had Baldwin contemplating his career mortality, but Carroll and GM John Schneider both maintain the veteran wideout is rehabbing and should be fine for season. He still finished with 50 receptions for 618 yards and five touchdowns in 2018 inside Seattle’s run-first offense that led the league in rushing. It was his second-fewest catches for a season of his career, after 29 in 2012. He scored five touchdowns, his fewest in six seasons. In 2015 he co-led the league with 14 touchdown receptions. Whenever he recovers from his surgeries and rehabilitation, Baldwin is likely to be the longest tenured Seahawk.