Neck injury forces Chancellor to end his career
Safety Kam Chancellor of the Seattle Seahawks must have played the last NFL game of his career. Medical reasons are decisive for the 30-year-old’s non-voluntary withdrawal, which continues the personnel upheaval in the Seahawks’ defence.
Chancellor did not use the term “resignation” in his statement, but writes that he had played “with various injuries at a high level”, but could not “ignore” this injury. The defensive player alludes to the heavy neck blessings he suffered last season.
Chancellor listens to the advice of the doctors, who do not give him clearance to return. Recent tests have shown that there has been no improvement and that there is still a threat of paralysis should Chancellor play again.
However, the fact that he is not officially resigning but simply not playable means that his base salary of $6.2 million this year and $5.2 million next year remains. For the Seahawks, the news is also a major setback. After Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, the team’s dreaded defence (“Legion of Boom”) loses another fixed point in the structure.
Last summer, the four-time pro-bowler signed a three-year contract (36 million dollars). He missed his last seven games last season after injuring his neck in a tackle against the Arizona Cardinals in November.