The Seahawks have their team leader back -- on their terms.
And their “Legion of Boom” secondary has the hitter that gives it its swagger back.
Three-time Pro Bowl strong safety Kam Chancellor has ended his 55-day-old Seahawks holdout. The News Tribune confirmed from a league source Wednesday morning that Chancellor had already reported to the team.
The Seahawks have a two-week roster exemption for Chancellor. The team can activate him at anytime in that period, but to do so would require a corresponding move to fit him onto the 53-man active roster.
The team would need to activate him onto the roster by 24 hours before kickoff of that week’s game in order for Chancellor to play in it. So for Chancellor to make his season debut this Sunday against Chicago, the Seahawks would have to activate him by 1:25 p.m. Saturday. If the team deems he’s not ready to play this weekend, it would need to activate him by 5:30 p.m. Sunday Oct. 4 for him to play in the fourth game, the home Monday nighter Oct. 5 against Detroit.
Chancellor is returning to “go help my teammates that are understanding of my position and the ones who aren't” because it’s “time to help us get back to the big dance,” as first reported Wednesday morning by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Stephen A. Smith.
Schefter relayed what he is reporting is a text message Chancellor sent to Smith, his ESPN colleague.
The end to the impasse means Seattle’s defense that has failed to hold fourth-quarter leads in each of its last four games dating to January’s NFC championship win in overtime over Green Bay is as whole as it’s going to be this season. And the secondary will be back to looking like more like itself with it’s biggest boomer again patrolling the middle of the field against weary receivers and ball carriers.
Somebody at the Seahawks is happy Chancellor is back, eh?:
Per the league’s collective bargaining agreement, the team could fine Chancellor up to a maximum of approximately $2 million for his abscences that began with the first day of training camp July 31 over Chancellor wanting more up-front money than his $4.55 million salary for this season. The Seahawks refused to add that cash to the deal because they did not want to set such a precedent on a contract that still has three years remaining. Had they done so, they would have had a conga line of veterans in similar situations lining up outside general manager John Schneider’s door.
Since they weren’t negotiating contract with Chancellor, the only “carrot” the team had to offer him was reducing or waiving those fines.
When Marshawn Lynch skipped the first eight days of 2014’s training camp with one more year beyond that one remaining on his contract the team waived his holdout fines as an enticement to get him to report.
Chancellor, 27, lost $535,294 in game checks for his stance.
The defending two-time NFC champions are off to an 0-2 start entering Sunday’s home opener against Chicago.
Chancellor’s return will mean no more “platooning” at strong safety. In Chancellor’s absence the Seahawks started 2014 practice-squad rookie Dion Bailey in the opener against St. Louis and then usual cornerback and special-teams player DeShawn Shead in last weekend’s loss at Green Bay for better pass coverage.