Kam Chancellor gives up holdout, will return to Seattle

AP

Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor has realized that his holdout isn’t working.

After skipping all of training camp, the preseason and the first two regular-season games without the Seahawks giving him the money he wants, Chancellor now says he will return to Seattle. Here’s what Chancellor texted Stephen A. Smith, as relayed by Adam Schefter:

“Ima go help my teammates that are understanding of my position and the ones who aren’t. God forgives all, why can’t i? Time to help us get back to the big dance . I can address business after the season. Me and Marshawn started a mission 2 years ago. I can’t let my Dawg down….Real talk.”

It’s unclear what Chancellor thinks there is to “forgive” the Seahawks for, as he’s the one who decided to hold out while he still had three years left on his contract. But now he’s coming back, and his return should make the Seahawks’ defense a lot better.

191 responses to “Kam Chancellor gives up holdout, will return to Seattle

  1. I know players deserve to get paid, with all that money floating around in the NFL….but still…..I enjoy seeing a team win these holdout battles.

  2. “God forgives all, why can’t i?…”
    Can’t let his dawg down?

    Seriously? Just shut up and ball.

  3. “A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.”
    Playing safety in the NFL like Chancellor does requires a near reckless disregard for one’s well being. Not sure he can do that for Seattle anymore.

  4. He needs to be asking for forgiveness, not claiming there is something he can forgive. Real talk,

    Over/under on when he pulls a hammy or a groin? 2 potential causes. 1) lack of conditioning because he skipped work 2) a hard to verify injury allows a pseudo hold out that still earns a paycheck

  5. “I forgive you Seattle for giving me a great contract a few years ago, which I agreed to and for holding true to that contract.”

    I hope this guy doesn’t get a new deal worked out till this one expires.

  6. Glad they stuck to their guns. It would’ve been a bad precedence to set. I’m still convinced, however, that the day will come where a player will holdout on a contract that he hasn’t signed yet. It’s coming.

  7. Is it wrong that I’m expecting he’ll pull a hamstring during the game on Sunday? That’s what happened to Revis when he had held out with the Jets for a new deal. He was in shape, but not in football playing shape.

  8. Can’t wait to see the details

    Let’s hope he survives next weekend without pulling a hammy.

    Man among boys.

  9. Russell Wilson told my source that God revealed to him that He visited Kam during the night and whispered, “If you obey Me now and rejoin your dawgs, I will Bless you for the rest of the season.”

    God then took a deep breath and, at the urging of a chorus of angels, added: “Additionally, Kam, I will soften your wife’s attitude, and she will get off your back for all the money you have cost your family during your holdout.”

  10. Hope it was worth the loss in money in an attempt to get more. Anyways, glad to have ya back

  11. OK, can we move on from the “real talk” cliché? It’s as played out as “it is what it is.” He should have let Marshawn announce his return. At least Marshawn wouldn’t bore us with tired old lines…

  12. Yay! The season is saved! I love it when guys hold out and wind up eating crow. One guy won’t turn a team around,and the fact that he texted that moron Stephen A. Smith with the scoop speaks volumes.

  13. we’ll see if he can come back without being bitter….nothing like a “bitter” leader in the locker room

  14. What happens 95% of the time after a holdout like this — a season ending injury because he’s not in proper shape for the season.
    His decision to hold out will end up hurting the Seahawks, his career, and himself long term.
    Why would you hold out the year after you signed a long term deal ?? No NFL team could afford to redo his deal otherwise every guy on the team would be lined up to do the same. Horrible misguided move !!

  15. Wow! That one kind of blew up in his face. Lynch got what he wanted and had his fines forgiven when he held out. Chancellor got stonewalled, and we will have to wait to see if his fines get waived. I guess it’s pretty clear that there is preferential treatment given to some Seahawks – that’s bad management.

  16. Well, Einstein, the Seahawks aren’t about to “forgive” the contract you signed….now that’s “real talk”

  17. 0-2 damage has been done.

    Team will have to just about run the table to get home-field playoff game and still has a head-tohead loss against Green Bay.

  18. Four years at Virginia Tech. For four years he was a student at an American university. Read what he wrote and then let that sink in.

  19. Idiot. Threw away 2.1 million dollars and hurt his team. Plus he is not in football shape, will probably pull a hamstring almost immediately and be worthless until about week 10.

  20. I guess someone fail to pass on the MEMO to Kam that the chickenhawks are 0-2, and that they are alot more desperate at this point.

    I could understand if they were 2-0, but you can’t fold
    like this when you have them by the you know what. Then it defeats the whole purpose of your holdout in the first place.

    Kam just go and HUG that L.

    .

  21. We can guess he wasn’t an actual student while at VT

    Thanks to the NCAA for making a complete joke of the “student athlete.”

  22. Forgive what????? Trying to make it look like he won. LoL… Seahawks better not give him any money he lost back or they are clowns and no players will take management seriously.

  23. .
    Seattle has the Bears and Lions at home for their next two games. They can easily right the ship and get to 2-2.
    .

  24. Yogi Berra died today. That’s bigger news than this turd. Compare Yogi with his life against this jackass with his life and values.

  25. Others upthread have mentioned it, but I fear that he is going to look like Mike McKenzie after his holdout, getting burned constantly and coming up lame.

  26. Given that he missed pre-season and 2 games, how long will it take for him to get back into shape and get the rust off?
    Wont it take him at least a few games to get back to close to his normal form?

    And he still gets paid while under-performing for 2 games?

    I hope the Seahawks still fine him for the missed pre-season.

  27. There we go. All I had to do was say it wasn’t likely that he would show up before Week 11 and he caved. I’m magic, I tell ya.

  28. If a person does not stand for something they will fall for anything.
    Who has the right to tell others what to do in their own life’s choices?
    Welcome back Kam. Real 12’s understand the business side and love to have you back whatever the circumstances.
    Go Hawks!

  29. tokyosandblaster says:
    Sep 23, 2015 9:41 AM
    Nice! Now they can get to 8-8 and miss the playoffs!

    Dan Quinn WAS that defense.

    This unit looks lost.

    30th ranked defense, and rightfully so.
    ************************
    Your predictions of doom and gloom worked out so well for you over the last three seasons.

    I don’t know of anybody that didn’t look at the Seahawks schedule and figure that this team didn’t have a chance of 0-2 start. Fans were hopeful, but rams always play Seattle tough and winning in Green Bay is similar to winning in Seattle. Hard to do.

    Go HAWKS!

  30. Hmmm, just in time for the home opener again the Bears, where not an automatic win but this is their best chance at winning their first game of the season. If they win, everyone will probably be talking about how it’s all because of Kam and how he was right and deserves this money.
    I may be wrong but, to me, it looks like his plan was if he didn’t get his money fix by now he would return week 3 and prove that he deserves it.
    P.s. Kinda hope they don’t start him and give players who are committed to this team play.

  31. even though it seems that Kam is giving in, if the seahawks now go on a win streak while playing good D with him on the field it may enhance his position in future negotiations

  32. Well Chancellor is coming back. The seahawks are now saved! That will put an end to their star running back not being able to get 1 lousy yard in the 6 previous critical situations he has been in that position, or their phenom QB that has almost as many interceptions as he has TD’s this season…….

  33. Nobody is scared of that Hawks D with or without him. Everybody just saw Brady slice and dice them in the Super Bowl to give them a blue print in how to beat them. They stand no chance of beating Green Bay in Green Bay… Let alone make it to the “dance”

  34. I still can’t figure out why this guy held out.
    He signed a new contract last year and gets his money, then someone else on the team gets a new contract and more money and then Chancellor thinks he needs to sit out to get more money. Contracts mean nothing to these guys, they have no honor except for the dollar.

  35. Can anyone name a player that improved his performance after a lengthy holdout? I can’t. Elite QBs and WRs will have their way with him this season. Maybe he was wise to wait until after the ‘hawks played the Pack. He avoided being undressed and exposed by Aaron Rodgers.

  36. comparison to god is spot on . no wait, maybe Jesus comparison would be better, he died but on the third week is resurrected.

  37. “I can address business” or “I will address business” ? Ya it is true that most college allows athlete to get by and passes them just because they are good enough to help their sport division so academics shouldn’t matter

  38. kcchefs58 says:

    Glad they stuck to their guns. It would’ve been a bad precedence to set. I’m still convinced, however, that the day will come where a player will holdout on a contract that he hasn’t signed yet. It’s coming.
    ____________________

    Coming? It’s already happened and one of them was a Chief, chief.
    Dan Williams sat out the ’98 season rather than sign the franchise tender. Many players have held out on franchise and RFA tenders.

  39. patswinagain says:
    Sep 23, 2015 9:42 AM

    Remember the look on shermans face when butler picked that ball? That was cool.

    XLIX-()-XLIX-()-XLIX-()-XLIX-()-XLIX-()-XLIX
    XLIX-()-XLIX-()-XLIX-()-XLIX-()-XLIX-()-XLIX

    …just as cool was watching kram, having given his best shot at edelman, on the ground while edelman went forward without missing a beat

  40. He’s going to be poison in the locker room now, adding to the swollen heads and diva attitudes. The egos are blowing the team apart.

  41. If he was in his final year, I could possibly understand a hold out, but he had 3 years left. The guy has already made more money then most Americans do in a lifetime and will make a lot more. All this hold out did was show how greedy and selfish you are.

  42. eyeandfootballofhorus says:
    Sep 23, 2015 10:25 AM

    …just as cool was watching kram, having given his best shot at edelman, on the ground while edelman went forward without missing a beat

    ————————–

    Edelman is a world-class ankle-breaker. Not many DB’s can cut & hang with him, especially not a 235lb. safety that’s built like a linebacker.

  43. Here’s a thought, you signed a contract. If your agent didn’t get the right price for your services, that’s on the two of you. You’re team is now 0-2 possibly because of you, possibly because your team isn’t good this year. But either way you’re not a team player and will probably be a cancer in the locker room. Ima just sayin…..

  44. redclaw1314 says:
    Sep 23, 2015 10:10 AM

    even though it seems that Kam is giving in, if the seahawks now go on a win streak while playing good D with him on the field it may enhance his position in future negotiations

    vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

    i seriously doubt it. kramp plays with such ferocity another season or two and he may use himself up.

  45. Wait, what? He’s the one forgiving people questioning a guy making millions that holds out a year into a 4 year deal? Thanks for forgiving us you poor guy. now, after 2 games it dawns on him he can take care of business after season. What a jack ass

  46. That’s how you can tell the player actually wrote something instead of a PR agent doing it. If it were written by his PR man it wouldn’t sound like a gangsta. Maybe I’m old and out of touch but whatever happened to sounding intelligent instead of a future prison inmate? I can honestly say I’m not impressed by his choice of words. Hopefully he’ll be saving his money because I can’t see him getting any job once his playing career is over.

  47. Dumb to leave the 2 game $ on the table, but smart to come back against Bears where Seahwaks will dominate and Kam can puff his chest. If he came back against Packers, the effect wouldn’t have been as great.

  48. I’m on limited time so I didn’t read all 100+ previous comments. If I’m, “parrot-ing” others, my apologies.

    One of the stories I heard is he’s returning to negotiate. As a Hawks fan, I say, “Give him nothing! Do not forgive any fines” Thankfully, the game checks are a non-issue as he’s lost those alltogether.

    He caused this.

    He’s what, 10 maybe more weeks behind the 8-ball missing everything he has? Does anyone really think he’ll walk in today and be in game shape Sunday?

    His timing is suspect as well. He returns to; a home field advantage and what some may argue as two of the most winnable games on the schedule.

  49. “I can’t let my dawg down…”

    Didn’t you already let your “dawg” down? You haven’t been with your team and they are 0-2…

  50. Let me think about this, Kam decided that the Seahawks would not lose to Clausen and more than likely win the next few at home…so he would have to forfeit another 3 game checks for sure or 3/4 of another Million…not happening.

    Has nothing to do with his “dawg”. So how do the 12’s feel about Kam now? I am sure he is the bestest bud again. lol

  51. Finally an NFL team wins a conflict with a player!

    It’s about time that pampered, “entitled” “me” players like Chancellor are treated the way they should be, as employees of a private company.

    I am proud of the Seahawks for sticking to their guns during this holdout and playing hardball with the player. I’d like to see this happen anytime a player holds out. Every player is replaceable, players MUST learn this and that they should be grateful for what the NFL team is giving them.

  52. Should definitely help the defense but won’t do a thing to help Marshawn on offense. Besides QB roll outs, the offense is just as predictable as what we’ve seen in Philly this year. Gotta alternate QB under center/shotgun snaps.

  53. While I don’t agree with the initial holdout decision, him giving up now is losing at chicken. The more games that end up in the right column, the more leverage he has. He just forfeited all that.

  54. bornahawker says:
    Sep 23, 2015 10:08 AM
    If a person does not stand for something they will fall for anything.
    Who has the right to tell others what to do in their own life’s choices?
    Welcome back Kam. Real 12’s understand the business side and love to have you back whatever the circumstances.
    Go Hawks!
    ————————————-

    First off, real 12’s are at Texas A &M.
    Secondly, No one is telling Kam what he can and cannot do- he make shis own choice. we’re just critisizing his life choice which we’re allowed to do.

  55. trolltoll11 says:
    Sep 23, 2015 10:12 AM
    Can’t blame the guy for holding out. These guys have to get their money while they can.
    ===========================================

    If they have to get their money while they can, then they shouldn’t be signing such long term contracts. They should sign only 1-3 year contracts and then sign new ones at presumably higher rates since the salary cap is going up every year. But nooooo, their ego demands that huge number, which is spread out over the years of the contract.

    Morons

  56. qbarrel says:
    Sep 23, 2015 10:37 AM

    Edelman is a world-class ankle-breaker. Not many DB’s can cut & hang with him, especially not a 235lb. safety that’s built like a linebacker.

    XLIX-()-XLIX-()-XLIX-()-XLIX-()-XLIX-()-XLIX-()-XLIX-()-XLIX-()-XLIX-()-XLIX-()-XLIX-()-XLIX

    world-class arm breaker, too…ask lane

  57. Only in the NFL can an employee break the provisions of a contract and demand another contract well before the old one is over.

    He should have been fired , or in football talk, “let go”.

  58. For all of the people making comments about his grammar, you do realize that LOL isn’t really a word? OMG…also not a word. People text and tweet in casual slang all of the time. He is intelligent, passionate about the game, and loves this team. So glad to have him back, whatever the circumstance. Go Hawks!

  59. kingpoch says:
    Sep 23, 2015 11:15 AM

    Doesn’t help the offense. Still going to miss the playoffs.
    __________________________________

    Well, you’re half right.

  60. Ending the holdout definitely helps the ‘Hawks, but the damage has been done if the team has the same record as the Packers at the top of the NFC after Week 17.

  61. dixiebob says:
    Sep 23, 2015 11:18 AM
    Only in the NFL can an employee break the provisions of a contract and demand another contract well before the old one is over.

    He should have been fired , or in football talk, “let go”.

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    Um, that’s absolutely incorrect. (I am glad that the Hawks seem to have won this battle though.)

    Teams can tear up a contract at anytime and force a renegotiation (pay cut). It’s happened many times, on many teams to many players. It goes both ways.

  62. Simply inserting chancellor back into the secondary isnt going to fix this teams glaring issues.

    love all the predictions of a seahawks-colts superbowl. neither will touch the championship games this year.

  63. these situations usually end up with the guy getting injured because he was too selfish to put in the work to stay conditioned. Seachickens can’t pay everybody…they’ll learn in a couple years

  64. I truly think that the Seahawks were about to start winning all our games without him. He just skipped the two hardest games of the season. Now he can say that the winning is all him but I don’t think so.

    Seattle has lost three out of the last four games with st. Louis they always give us fits for some reason and Green Bay in Lambo? Most people thought there was a good chance of going 0 – 2 and here we are.

    Win the next two and it’s all good again… but not because of Kam Chancellor. They would have done it anyway.

  65. Um, does anyone here really think the ChickenHawks are 0-2 because of Chancellors holdout?

    This team has other issues it needs to resolve. He’s a great player, but this is not the panacea some of you Hawks fans think it is.

  66. Pack this guy into a box and ship him to Canada or Europe.

    If he doesn’t like the contract he signed then he can take that up with his agent, the guy who negotiated it for him. If he doesn’t have an agent then his “bad deal” is his own fault.

    The team should park his selfish posterior on the bench and let him watch his career fade away.

  67. nfl1818 says:
    Sep 23, 2015 9:43 AM
    Can’t wait to see the details

    Let’s hope he survives next weekend without pulling a hammy.

    Man among boys.
    ——
    Man among boys? Possibly the most overused platitude in football.

    Not after that helmet to helmet hit on Julian where he was watching tweety birds while Julian just kept running.

    The way some fans have been talking this guy up one would expect Seattle to keep opponents under 17 pts the rest of the way.

  68. “Four years at Virginia Tech. For four years he was a student at an American university. Read what he wrote and then let that sink in.”

    Well, he may have been a student but no one said he was a scholar. Chancellor’s apparent lack of communicative skills does not reflect well upon the “education” provided by Virginia Tech. (Of course, and in fairness, he was there to play football, not to actually receive an education. Let’s be realistic.)

  69. I believe Kam’s key exhortation from SB49 was “Tackle ’cause you want to, not ’cause you got to, baby!” He might have kept that in mind when he started this.

  70. Should have fired the guy…..let him get a job like the rest here in the real world has to do.

    Might be tough getting one without proper use of the English language

  71. Last year they were 3-3 after 6 weeks…this year they will be 4-2. Looking at the schedule…I also do not see a reason why they wouldn’t be 6-2 after 8 weeks heading into a tough matchup with AZ.

  72. Seahawks will FOLD and forgive his fines…
    Probably even give him his bonuses etc…
    I wouldn’t be surprised if they gave him the game checks for the two he missed…

    I HOPE NOT!!
    DON’T CAVE!
    MAKE HIM PAY IT ALL!!

  73. After looking at the comments. I have learned that fans are stupid and eveeybody hates Seattle. See you in the SB idiots. I have nothing against a player holding out because he only has a short window to make as much as he can. The rest of you hate the fact that athletes get paid more than you. Nobody is crying when the team cuts a player with 3 years left. NFL contracts are written on toipet paper.

  74. Love the hate and love that it is so diverse – some from fans of every team.

    I understand, you’re afraid.

    You don’t want us to just keep winning.

    You don’t want to see us in the SB for a third straight year.

    Think of this…

    Our line has 3 of 5 new players including center. They will improve.

    JG has only played 2 games – they’ll get him more involved.

    The DB has new faces – they’ll begin to settle in.

    Bam Bam is back which will make the D that much better.

    Yes, you should be worried.

  75. bobnelsonjr says:
    Sep 23, 2015 10:31 AM
    How is Stephen A Smith to interpret that gibberish?
    ___________________

    That’s probably why he sent it to Stephen A. Stephen A can interpret gibberish Dawg, it is closely related to BS and no one is more highly fluent in BS than Stephen A.

  76. Forgive? What or whom are you forgiving? You mean the Seahawks for giving you that big contract (at the time) that you willingly signed? Now you’re coming back to help your teammates or are you coming back because of the money? Kam you aren’t fooling anybody, it is ALWAYS about the money.

  77. Maybe the Seahawks will forgive you?

    “I’ve got so many words it’s hard to throw them out there. I just feel great right now. The Seahawks organization has blessed me. It just feels good. I’m a happy person right now,” Chancellor said.

  78. Seahawks play the Bears this week.

    Kam will come back, they’ll easily beat an overmatched team and he looks like the hero that gave up the big bucks to help right the ship.

    LOL

  79. First off, Seattle should sit his sorry butt for the next game so they can win without Scam Cancelmycheck. He want to come back and say it was HIM being there that caused the W. Team should say they are worried about his conditioning and bench him this game.

    Second, his agent, Alvin Keels, is in a screwed position……Scam will through him under the bus and blame him for the holdout then fire him OR the team will never want a player he represents on their team again.

  80. What a statement! How brave of this awol mia warrior!
    Home Opener? Check
    Opponent is the worse Team in the League? Check

    NOW I will come back and everyone will see we lost because I wasn’t there! (And the refs finally calling Sherman on at least a tiny percentage of the time he holds on every play – can’t forget that).

  81. Sooooo, if the Hawks fall two games short we now have the reason. A player who thought only of himself, until he finally remembered his loyal teammates. What a guy????

  82. As a Seahawk fan, I’m glad he’s back. He’s a great player and he’ll help the team.

    However, they need to bench him for a couple weeks so he can practice and get in football shape and to send a message that these next 2 winnable games won’t be won simply because he’s back. With or without Kam, the Seahawks absolutely should win their next 2 games at home. With or without Kam, there was a very real possibility that an 0-2 start was realistic. The Rams always play Seattle tough and winning in Green Bay is hard to do. Don’t let him come back, play right away, and try to play the hero when the Seahawks start winning.

    Even with him back, my Chancellor jersey will still be packed away in a box. I don’t respect what he did. I thought it was not only incredibly selfish, but just flat out dumb. And after reading his text, I’m realizing that he’s really just not a very smart guy. He left his team, his dawgs, hanging. But he’s gonna forgive them? On what twisted planet does that make any sense? And the fact that he went to Stephen A Smith to break the news speaks volumes.

    I’m glad the Seahawks didn’t give in. I’m glad he’s back. But I still don’t respect his holdout and won’t celebrate his return because he shouldn’t have been idiotically and selfishly holding out in the first place. Just hope he doesn’t come back and poison the locker room now.

  83. You big dummy. Now first–I am for playing out the contract you sign as players. But if you’re not a man of your word, then, because you think you deserve more…then prove to be again not a man of your word, when holding out for that money you feel you deserve….you’re an idiot. They’re 0-2, and cannot fill your position at all…you had them where you wanted them. Fire your accountant that told you you could afford to not play and not collect checks…you’re a joke, and next time you want more money, they won’t give it you, because they know you’re bluffing.

  84. If he comes right back and gets a gnarly injury from not being in football shape and is then cut from the team, I won’t shed a tear for him.

    Time to draft a stud SS of the future to replace Kam. Sucks, because we should be fixing the OL through the draft instead.

  85. Totally lost respect for Kam after this. Not the holdout…the fact he texts with Stephen A. Smith.

  86. He’s an idiot. Nobody has successfully held out with 3 years left on original deal, NOBODY!
    If he’s lucky, Seattle will waive the fines and his only loss will be the 2 pay checks.

  87. So if he played in the Packers game he would have helped Lynch and the offense? this guy is not a team player probably sat home rooting for the Seahawks to lose just to benefit his bank account.

  88. Note the part of the message which states “…help my teammates that are understanding of my position and the ones who aren’t. ”

    A locker room divided. Never seen NEAR success go to a team’s head as much as it has in Seattle.

    Dyna-what? Yeah right.

    Oh-yeah, don’t forget that God is now on Roger’s side too.

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