It appears that Kam Chancellor is putting football in his rear-view mirror after posting Sunday on Twitter that it’s “time for the next chapter,” saying test results on his injured neck showed no improvement.
Although Chancellor never used the word retirement in his long social media post, all signs point to the four-time Pro Bowl safety never playing another down for the Seattle Seahawks.
“To walk away from the game by choice is one thing, to walk away from the game because of the risk of paralysis is another,” Chancellor tweeted.
Even if the 30-year-old Chancellor doesn’t play again, the next two years of his contract are guaranteed, NFL Network reported. He received $6.2 million in 2018 and $5.2 million in 2019.
“I always prayed to God and told myself that I would play this game of football until the wheels fall off,” Chancellor wrote. “Well the wheels didn’t fall off, but God has given me a sign that I just can’t ignore. I’ve played through all types of bruises and injuries at a high level. But this one I just can’t ignore. … To walk away from the game by choice is one thing, to walk away from the game because of the risk of paralysis is another. My final test showed no healing.”
Chancellor, along with cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas formed the Seahawks’ famed “Legion of Boom” defense. Only Thomas remains and his future with the Seahawks is in doubt.
Last season, Chancellor was limited to a career-low nine games because of the neck injury suffered in November during a game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Coach Pete Carroll said in January that Chancellor’s return appeared doubtful.
At the end of Chancellor’s Twitter post, he said rather ominously, “P.S. Pray for your boy. I have no clue how these head injuries will go after the game.”
A fifth-round draft pick in 2010 out of Virginia Tech, Chancellor spent his entire playing career in Seattle and won one Super Bowl ring when the Seahawks took down the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
In 109 career games, Chancellor totaled 434 tackles, 12 interceptions and three fumble recoveries.