According to the NFL News, Seattle witnesses the end of an era. The recent roster moves of Seahawks make sure that the two members of the 2014 Super Bowl team will no longer be a part of the team and won’t be moving forward.
The Seahawks made an announcement that the team would be releasing Kam Chancellor and Doug Baldwin. The contracts with these two players have been terminated due to their failed physical designations.
And, looking at Chancellor, it is pretty clear and doesn’t come as a surprise. He had spent the 2018 season on reserve bench and was unable to perform due to the 2017 neck injury. And, on the other hand, Baldwin had gone through multiple surgeries during the offseason and also battled numerous injuries during 2018.
The general manager of Seahawks, John Schneider announced, ‘The Seahawks have made the difficult decision to terminate/failed physical Doug Baldwin and Kam Chancellor. These are two of the most iconic players in franchise history and both were instrumental in establishing our championship culture, great examples of competitiveness, and leadership on the field and in the community. These legendary players will always be a part of our Seahawks family.’
In 2011, Baldwin joined the team as an undrafted rookie. He used to play college football for Stanford. During his rookie season, he went on to lead the team receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. He also set the franchise touchdown catch records in a season and matches the team record for receptions in a season.
He made the record of being second in the franchise history with 49 carriers receiving touchdowns. He is a two-time Pro-Bowler as well.
On the other hand, Chancellor was a fifth-round draft pick for the team and a fourth-time Pro-Bowler. His teammates had made him the captain of the team three times.
Baldwin had been reportedly considering retirement after dealing with a chronic knee injury. The roster move will create $9.15 million in cap space.
Both of these players had helped Seahawks win a Super Bowl and reach another. With them, the franchise also captured many division titles.
With this move, the Seahawks are left with just three players lest on the roster that won the Super Bowl and those are Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner, and K.J. Wright.
Though the retirement plans are pretty unsure for Chancellor, yet Baldwin might go down that path.