In news that has been anticipated this off-season, the Seattle Seahawks have released safety Kam Chancellor and wide receiver Doug Baldwin, both of whom had failed physical designations.
Chancellor and Baldwin were instrumental in cultivating a championship mindset that led the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl Championship in 2014. Both players suffered injuries over the last couple seasons that led to the franchise making their decision. Chancellor sustained a neck injury in 2017, while Baldwin was banged up in 2018 with knee, shoulder, and sports hernia surgeries following the season. It was rumored that Baldwin could retire prior to the 2019 season which led the franchise to draft heavily at the receiver position in last month’s draft.
Chancellor, a fifth-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, will likely end his eight-season career with 12 interceptions, nine forced fumbles, and 641 tackles over 109 games, all of which with Seattle.
Baldwin, an undrafted free agent out of Stanford, finished his eight-year stint with Seattle with 49 touchdowns, 6,569 yards on 493 receptions.
As noted by the Seahawks’ Twitter account, the two Seahawks will now and forever be icons that shaped Seattle into a football town.