Kam Chancellor ends holdout, returns to Seahawks
Chancellor held a press conference alongside head coach Pete Carroll to announce his decision.
Watching the Seahawks open the season with losses to the Rams and Packers “hurt me, being the leader that I am,” he said, adding that he will put contract business aside until the end of the season.
Carroll said the plan is for Chancellor to play Sunday at home against Chicago.
“Kam's going to be with us for a long time,” Carroll added.
ESPN's Adam Schefter posted on Facebook that Chancellor had texted colleague Stephen A. Smith informing him of his intent to return to the Seahawks.
“Ima go help my teammates that are understanding of my position and the ones who aren’t. God forgives all, why can't i? Time to help us get back to the big dance. I can address business after the season. Me and Marshawn started a mission 2 years ago. I can't let my Dawg down....Real talk.”
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported that Chancellor will meet with Seahawks management, later adding that Chancellor did not receive a new contract. The Seahawks are “not budging from their stance of not wanting to renegotiate his contract,” Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.
The sides are also likely to discuss the more than $2 million in fines Chancellor has accumulated for refusing to report to training camp, preseason and the first two games of the season — a topic Carroll said the team would not address publicly.
Chancellor was unhappy with his contract, which has three years remaining on it and was set to pay him $4.6 million this season. He signed a four-year extension in 2013 after he was named to his second Pro Bowl. Chancellor was a Pro Bowl selection again in 2014.
- Christopher Chavez