Pete Carroll: Cliff Avril, Kam Chancellor will have “hard time” playing again

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The Seahawks are out of the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and the team is expected to look quite a bit different once they return to work in 2018.

Many of the changes will come as a result of decisions made by the Seahawks and some will be decisions by players to move on, either because they want to or because it’s in their best medical interests to do so. Defensive end Cliff Avril and safety Kam Chancellor may fall into that last column.

Both players ended the season on injured reserve with neck injuries and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll shared a somber outlook for the future during an appearance on 710 ESPN Tuesday. Carroll said that both players are going to have a “hard time playing football again” as a result of their injuries.

Avril is signed for next season and the Seahawks can recover $7.5 million of his $8 million cap charge if they part ways with him rather than wait to see what he might try to do next season. There’s less cap relief available from releasing Chancellor, who signed a three-year extension with the team last August.

57 responses to “Pete Carroll: Cliff Avril, Kam Chancellor will have “hard time” playing again

  1. We all feel so badly for them…. says NOBODY! KARMA for being brash, punks, foul mouth and dirty! If only Marshawn Lynch, Doug Baldwin, Dick Sherman, Michael Bennett and a few others could join the list, fhe world would be a better place! This is what happens when you are classless and have no humility! Good Riddance!

  2. hate to hear this. Kam “BAM BAM” Chancellor is one of the best defensive players in the league and sooo fun to watch. If NFL films still did those greatest hits films like i had on VHS as a kid that guy would be all over it. Just a bummer.

  3. Here is a reminder why people shouldn’t be complaining and crying about football not being tough anymore. It is still a very tough and dangerous game.

  4. It’s a damn shame when any player’s career is cut short never mind two great ones.
    If they really can’t play again hopefully their injuries aren’t such that they can’t fully enjoy their lives.

  5. alabama vs home team georgia for all the marbles…id say uga wins the home game…who yall got?

  6. I can’t wait for that NFL Films documentary about the 1 year dynasty

    Seriously, blow the whole thing up, coach included, and start over

    You guys gotta face Jimmy GQ twice next year. And we all know how that is going to go

  7. So now it’s Avril, Chancellor, Sherman, Thomas, Bennett, and Graham leaving because they want out or they won’t be able to play anymore due to injury. Outside of Wagner those are the teams best players and leaders. Wilson couldn’t win anything once Lynch left town, now the faux 12’s can get ready for a run of below .500 seasons!

    Lynch saw the writing on the wall after the team made a pointless effort to make Wilson the star by throwing on the 1 and cost them and the city another title. He knew that they didn’t appreciate him and didn’t want him to be the face of the Seahawks. He along with the leaders on the defense got tired of Wilson getting all the credit. It’s shown over the past few years and now they are starting to implode.

  8. However you feel about the Seattle team, you feel badly for these players when injuries shorten their careers.

    Good luck to them both

  9. Tough news. Being a Packer fan we lost some serious talent to these type of neck injuries as well. I.e. Nick Collins, Jermichael Finley, Jonathan Franklin, etc. Cant be easy for these guys to have to shut it down on a dime with an otherwise excellent body. Best of luck moving forward.

  10. Let’s hope this season, and the future cause the Seahawk fans to step back to reality a bit. For as little success as they’ve had the last 5-6 years, you’d think they’d have won 5 straight titles based on their fans arrogance. Seahawk fans are about at the top of the annoying fans lists.

  11. scmems07 says:

    Lynch saw the writing on the wall after the team made a pointless effort to make Wilson the star by throwing on the 1 and cost them and the city another title. He knew that they didn’t appreciate him and didn’t want him to be the face of the Seahawks.

    ===========================
    Maybe if he did not have such an ugly face?

  12. Will never forgive pea brain for tossing that super bowl to the cheaters. He needed to fired after that. We know why he done it. He wanted to known as a genius for fooling the Hoody and nobody fools him.

  13. Wow.. What a shame. Two pillars of a pretty amazing defense. Had no idea that their injuries were this severe. Not a ‘Hawks fan but my sincere sympathies, Seahawks fans. This is purely arbitrary, but this seems like the worst year ever for injuries.

  14. Regardless of how you feel about the Seahawks or their players – these two dudes are phenomenal talents and make the game a better and more fun game to watch. Not having them on the field is a loss to football as a whole. That said, I do hope they prioritize their health and live full lives off the field.

  15. Hate to see anything like this. Both players are incredible athletes who have done some amazing things off the field. Avril built homes in Haiti, where his family comes from, for each sack he got during the 2016 season and “Kam Cares,” Chancellor’s foundation in his hometown has done so much for so many kids in his community. Both outstanding football players and human beings, hate to see their careers cut short.

  16. They aren’t in cap hell. But they aren’t going to have much, and have to earmark a lot of that gained from these cuts for Brown and Sheldon Richardson.

    But they are in a place where they are going to have to get rid of alot of guys.

    Additionally, they have to re-sign Sheldon Richardson and Duane Brown. Together they might take up 30-40 million in cap space.

    With all those BIG name players leaving, getting cut or potentially retiring, that leaves big holes on the team.

    Basically on offense they have Wilson, Baldwin, and presumably a re-signed Duane Brown. There’s still Tyler Lockett, but only for one more year.

    With a massive need for a revamped oline, need for rb’s and another receiver on top of the upcoming purge, they are going to need their draft picks.

    Except they traded away their 2nd and 3rd rounder for 2018, and their 2nd rounder for 2019.

  17. what a total drag . . .two great players. both still with gas in the tank.

    definitely looking like a re-load in ’18, esp for the defense. Kudos to them – best unit in franchise history.

  18. scmems07 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 1:20 pm Wilson couldn’t win anything once Lynch left town, now the faux 12’s can get ready for a run of below .500 seasons!”

    Yeah, that’s why Russell finished the regular season with the most touchdown passes, was top-10 in QBR, was #9 in passing yardage, was the team’s leading rusher with 586 yards and 3 rushing TDs, and his team still finished above .500 despite an atrocious offensive line, a patchwork D, and a kicker who single-handedly lost 3 games for the team. But, keep talking out your ass so at least we don’t have to guess that you’re a complete moron and a troll!

  19. Wow, its over…
    ————
    Good riddance. The Seahawks have been easy to hate over the past 8-10 years. Time to purge and clean shop.
    Say good bye to Bennett(lying racist) Sherman(loud mouthed and overrated)and the rest of them. Clean up that mess.

  20. People are funny. Talk about how it sucks that Kam got hurt, then talk about how hard he hit. He is out of football for hitting hard.

  21. Regardless of what you think of the Hawks, career ending injuries are just a shame. Wish them all the best.

  22. “Legion of Boom?”

    More like “Legion of Guys Who Play Hard But Get Concussed and Suffer Other Needless Injuries Thereby Missing The Playoffs and Losing To Teams That Suck And Their Kicker Blows Too.”

  23. Is it too early to declare that the great Seahawk dynasty is over? Need to find new PED players asap!

  24. nfliferfan22 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 1:08 pm
    We all feel so badly for them…. says NOBODY! KARMA for being brash, punks, foul mouth and dirty! If only Marshawn Lynch, Doug Baldwin, Dick Sherman, Michael Bennett and a few others could join the list, fhe world would be a better place! This is what happens when you are classless and have no humility! Good Riddance!
    ———————————————————-
    take your own advice and add yourself to that list.

  25. seattle does not want to risk having either player being one hit from having to be put on IR again. They are going to cut both of them lose. NO team will sign them for the same reason. So, Seattle can cut them and if they can still play and want to play, they can re-sign these 2 players for a lot less money.

  26. “Lynch saw the writing on the wall after the team made a pointless effort to make Wilson the star by throwing on the 1 and cost them and the city another title. ”

    Actually they threw there because Lynch had been given the ball on 4th and 1 five times earlier that season and made the first down a grand total of once. Not very “beastly” if you ask me. There was no guarantee he would have scored there at all.

  27. “I can’t wait for that NFL Films documentary about the 1 year dynasty”
    _______________

    NFL Films would gloss over all the juicy stuff. But I’d pay to hear the inside stories about how they went from winning the Super Bowl to guys openly belittling and throwing footballs in Wilson’s face by the first practice back since winning it all. Somehow I doubt that happened to any other Super Bowl winning QB in history.

  28. Kam still wants to play, and Avril may want to as well. This is more a result of Seattle signing them to bad contracts and trying to escape cap hell.

  29. Wow the bitterness from the Bay Area is really thick,on this thread. All the years of sucking because Seattle ended your seasons early, and especially Sherman, who single handed (literally) ended your season. The tears are a bit salty, but tasty. (smile)

  30. Another knock on this Pac West “dynasty” is who they beat to win their 1 SB; a pre-HGH bloated Peyton Manning, whose needed a closet full of HGH and Roids to get back to the SB the next year and straighten out his woeful wobbly ducks.
    Denver was an embarrassment of an AFC Rep in that SB.

    Donkeys***
    3 Asterisk laden Lombardis

  31. The Broncos had one of the most prolific offenses in NFL history that season with “a pre-HGH bloated Payton Manning”.
    Also, they didn’t get back to the SB the next year, it was the year after.
    Your trolling would benefit from an effectiveness enhancement if you actually watched football.

  32. nfliferfan22 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 1:08 pm
    We all feel so badly for them…. says NOBODY! KARMA for being brash, punks, foul mouth and dirty! If only Marshawn Lynch, Doug Baldwin, Dick Sherman, Michael Bennett and a few others could join the list, fhe world would be a better place! This is what happens when you are classless and have no humility! Good Riddance!
    +++
    A couple of guys have serious, career threatening injuries, and you spout off like this? And you say they’re classless and have no humility? Wow!!!

  33. Kam Chancellor made some of the hardest legal hits I’ve ever seen. Two of which were the ones on Vernon Davis and Demaryius Thomas. To this day, Thomas still has a case of alligator arms when there is any question at all he might get hit.

  34. Seahawk fans shouldn’t wonder why fans of opposing teams aren’t sorry to see Seattle fall on hard times. This version of the Seahawks is the most obnoxious poor sportsmen team I’ve ever seen in the NFL. Seahawks were a classy organization under Holmgren. And they won too and should have won the super bowl they were in. I hope they can find their way back to that.

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