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 final 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 in 2014. Chancellor has long been one of the most feared safeties in the NFL, and was a big facet of the dominant Seattle defenses over the course of the last half-decade. Bradley McDougald filled in for Chancellor after he sustained his neck injury last season and figures to be first in line to take starting reps at strong safety for the Seahawks. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, since Chancellor is retiring as a result of not being medically cleared to resume playing, he stands to collect $6.2 million in guaranteed money this year and $5.2 million in guaranteed base salary next season.
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.
Chancellor (neck) intends to play in 2018 if he receives medical clearance from doctors to do so, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Though Chancellor's recent social-media activity suggested that he may be thinking about life after football, if the four-time Pro Bowler is able to pass a physical during the offseason, it appears he's willing to accept the risk of returning from a career-threatening neck injury, for which he didn't require surgery, according to Brady Henderson of ESPN.com. Per Henderson, the Seahawks at least intend to keep Chancellor on the roster in 2018 regardless of his availability, as the safety's $6.8 million base salary for the upcoming season officially became guaranteed Friday. Chancellor is under contract through 2019 and would forfeit $12 million in injury guarantees if he were to retire, so there's incentive for him to keep playing.
Chancellor (neck) is unlikely to retire this offseason, Brady Henderson of ESPN reports.
There hasn't been any positive development as far as Chancellor's career-threatening neck injury is concerned, but the soon-to-be 30-year-old would forfeit $12 million in guaranteed money by retiring this offseason. Meanwhile, Chancellor's cap charge would escalate from $9.6 million to $19.5 million should Seattle release him. While it's possible the two sides could come to some sort of injury settlement, there seems to be a strong possibility the veteran safety remains under contract with the Seahawks in 2018 regardless of whether he's able to play or not.
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