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|As an undrafted free agent out of Stanford, Baldwin wasnít on anybodyís fantasy roster entering 2011. There probably werenít many people that even expected him to be on Seattleís roster on opening day. However, he ended up being the teamís main receiving weapon out of the slot early in the season and by seasonís end, he was their main receiving weapon Ė period. Baldwin caught 51 of his 85 targets, a solid 60% completion to target percentage considering the teamís quarterback play, for 788 yards and four touchdowns. Baldwin contributed several big plays, finishing the year averaging 15.5 yards per catch. While Baldwin was a solid contributor last season, there is a reasonable case that his production was mainly due to opportunity and not his talent level. Baldwin isnít very big and although he is reasonably shifty, he isnít anywhere near a burner. The Seahawks would much rather have Golden Tate, Deon Butler or Kris Durham in the starting lineup and may even prefer having Tate out operate out of the sot. Monitor Baldwinís usage in the preseason and draft accordingly. Keep in mind that his production from last season may be his upper limit, leaving little room for upside.
|Harvin reportedly traded to Jets -- Fri Oct 17 5:50 pm --|
Seahawks receive conditional mid-round pick
|BREAKING: The Jets have just agreed with Seattle to a trade sending WR Percy Harvin to New York for conditional pick. (Jay Glazer on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: This one is a stunner and has fairly far-reaching implications for both teams. By making this move, the Seahawks essentially are scrapping the misdirection part of their offense and likely recommitting themselves to Marshawn Lynch. Doug Baldwin should see his stock increase the most among Seattle wideouts. The Jets now have a dynamic (albeit injury-prone) playmaker opposite Eric Decker that should aid Geno Smith's development.
|WR Sidney Rice retires from NFL -- Wed Jul 23 4:11 pm --|
Injuries the main reason for Rice's retirement
|Sidney Rice walked away from what has been his life and into a new chapter of his life on Wednesday. "Iíve hit the ground a number of times. I have quite a few injuries. Itís something Iíve always battled through and came back from. But I just figure at this point I have the rest of my life ahead of me and I want to be able to function and do things later down the road." (Seahawks.com)|
FF Today's Take: Rice battled a number of ailments including concussions and knee injuries during his brief career. His best season was in 2009 when he caught 83 passes for 1312 yards and 8 touchdowns as a member of the Vikings. The Seahawks will move forward with Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin as their top two wideouts. Jermaine Kearse should see an increase in opportunities as a result of Rice's retirement.