With his team in an 0-2 hole and unwilling to budge financially, strong safety Kam Chancellor ended his holdout Wednesday morning, reporting to the Seahawks Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
Chancellor's arrival was first locally reported by Gee Scott of 710 AM ESPN in Seattle and the news was quickly followed up by national reporters such as ESPN's Adam Schefter and Stephen A. Smith, as well as NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
Chancellor explained his decision to come back in a text message reportedly sent to Smith. Included in the message was a shout-out to the teammates who supported him, specifically naming fellow All-Pro, running back Marshawn Lynch, who wore Chancellor's No. 31 in practice a few weeks ago in a typically BeastMode non-verbal sign of support for his teammate.
"Me and Marshawn started a mission 2 years ago. I can't let my Dawg down," Chancellor reportedly texted.
The Seahawks have missed Chancellor's physicality and leadership, giving up big plays in the passing and running game, alike, in losses to the St. Louis Rams and Green Bay Packers.
Chancellor had been replaced in the lineup by Dion Bailey and DeShawn Shead. Shead was very effective a week ago against the Packers after Bailey slipped, allowing tight end Lance Kendricks to score the game-tying touchdown inside the final minute in the Rams' overtime win.
Pete Carroll had previously announced that Chancellor would not be allowed to play in a game if he didn't practice on Wednesday. It will be interesting to see if Chancellor is deemed ready to play after reporting this morning. He'll first go through medical evaluations by Seattle's trainers and a conditioning test before practicing with the club.
Chancellor's aggression would certainly be helpful as the club hosts the Chicago Bears Sunday in its home opener.
For Chancellor to officially rejoin the team, the Seahawks would have to release a player. Backup safety Steven Terrell, who was injured Sunday night's game in Green Bay, is a candidate if the team want to keep the numbers the same at other positions.
Though he still had three years (includin 2015) on his deal, Chancellor had been holding out in the hopes of getting some of the money over the final two years pushed up. His contract was guaranteed this season but not in 2016 or 2017.
The Seahawks can opt to waive the fines Chancellor accrued throughout his holdout. Chancellor gave up his game checks (worth $267,000 for each regular season game) and isn't likely to get that money back. Even with the loss of those game checks, Chancellor is due to earn approximately four million this season.