The Seattle Seahawks are rumored to be making safety Kam Chancellor pay for his holdout that kept him out of the first two games.
Chancellor ended his holdout last week after missing all of training camp and the team’s first two games this season. By skipping the games, the safety lost out on more than $530,000 in pay, though it’s up the the team’s discretion just how much of the nearly $1.5 million in fines and lost signing bonuses that the team will actually withhold from Chancellor.
While the Seattle Seahawks have not said anything publicly, rumors indicate that they are prepared to make Chancellor pay for holding out. ProFootball Talk analyzes the situation.
“Coach Pete Carroll has said the Seahawks will say nothing about whether and to what extent money will be pursued from Chancellor. Someone is saying something, because Jason La Canfora of CBS reports that the Seahawks will collect a “sizable chunk” of the money, in order to deter other players from holding out (like Michael Bennett).
It’s one thing to not pay Chancellor the $530,000 he didn’t earn. It’s quite another to ask him to refund money he already has received and on which he has paid taxes.”
The holdout may have served one purpose for Kam Chancellor. He has seemingly proven his worth to the team, which has struggled through an 0-2 start and has appeared lost in the secondary at times.
The Seahawks activated Chancellor to the roster late this week, and he is expected to play the entire game on Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
“He’s looked like he’s in just rare form,” Carroll said, via the Seattle Times. “So he looks like he’s going to be able to play some football and we are looking forward to that.”
The Seahawks waived safety Dion Bailey to make room for Chancellor. To show the desperation of the team’s secondary during the holdout, Bailey actually started in the season opener but made a bad mistake in the secondary that led to the game-tying touchdown for the St. Louis Rams. Within three weeks, he is now off the team.
It remains to be seen what kind of penalty Kam Chancellor will face, but even if the rumors are true, the Seattle Seahawks may end up giving the lost money back to him within a few months. He will meet the team for contract negotiations at some point in the upcoming offseason, and if the team wants to hold on to the Pro Bowl safety, it will likely take a big deal.
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