Chancellor (neck) likely remains unable to pass a physical, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports. Chancellor has a massive financial incentive to hold off on retirement, as his three-year, $36 million contract is fully guaranteed for injury. The deal runs through 2020, with Seattle unable to get out of it unless the 30-year-old eventually is able to pass a physical. Chancellor isn't expected to return to football, as the neck injury he suffered in Nov. 2017 leaves him vulnerable to an even more severe head/neck injury.
Chancellor (neck) was placed on the reserve PUP list Thursday, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic Seattle reports. Chancellor sustained a neck injury last season, leading to his placement on the PUP list. The once great safety was a dominant player for the Seahawks, but he announced his intention to retire as a result of his injury a month ago and it's likely only a matter of time before that becomes official.
Chancellor (neck) announced his retirement from football Sunday after scans on his neck 'showed no healing', per his official Twitter account. In a heartfelt note, Chancellor explained that the neck injury he sustained last season has not improved, and to continue to play football would be to risk paralysis. The long-time member of the Legion of Boom will end his career with 109 games played, four Pro Bowl selections and a Super Bowl victory in 2014. Chancellor was one of the most feared safeties in the NFL, and was a huge part of the dominant Seattle defenses from 2012 to 2016. Bradley McDougald filled in for Chancellor last season and should be first in line to take reps at strong safety for the Seahawks. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Chancellor stands to collect $6.2 million this year and $5.2 million next season, with the earnings contingent on his inability to gain medical clearance to play.
General manager John Schneider said Monday that Chancellor has a scan scheduled for late June or early July to determine his playing future, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports. Chancellor's 2017 campaign ended abruptly Week 10, when he sustained an unspecified neck injury and landed on injured reserve. In a press conference after the season, coach Pete Carroll revealed that Chancellor was in danger of not playing again. However, Chancellor threw a wrench into that line of thinking in February, stating he'll suit up again if he gains medical clearance. The crossroads for his career presumably will arrive early in the summer, but the Seahawks likely are inclined to address the situation with a draft pick later this week.
Head coach Pete Carroll told 710 ESPN Seattle on Tuesday that Chancellor (neck) may not play again. "Cliff [Avril] and Kam [Chancellor] are going to have a hard time playing football again," Carroll said. "The jury is not out on that yet." Chancellor didn't take another snap after injuring his neck Week 10. The strong safety opted to avoid surgery on the region with the hope rehab will get him back into playing shape. However, Carroll's comments sung an ominous tone with three years remaining on Chancellor's contract. Expect Chancellor and the Seahawks to explore every option at his disposal in the coming months.