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Kam Chancellor Ends Holdout with Seahawks: Latest Details and Reaction

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

Seattle Seahawks' Kam Chancellor (31) celebrates with Seahawks fans after an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz.  The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 35-6. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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After missing the first two games of the 2015 NFL regular season due to a contract holdout, safety Kam Chancellor is reportedly set to return to the Seattle Seahawks.  

ESPN's Adam Schefter and Stephen A. Smith were the first to report the three-time Pro Bowler's intention to rejoin the team on Sept. 23. Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times later confirmed ESPN's report. On Sept. 26, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports confirmed the safety would be added to the roster before Saturday afternoon's deadline, meaning he can play against the Chicago Bears in Week 3. 

Schefter also provided a text sent from Chancellor to Smith via his Facebook account:

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 (Lynch) started a mission 2 years ago. I can't let my Dawg down....Real talk.

Chancellor added, per Dave Boling of the News Tribune, that "it was hard to watch those games, I'm just ready to play football again."

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll welcomed Chancellor back prior to Wednesday's practice, according to Ed Werder of ESPN.

"He's just the blood and guts to this program," Carroll said, per Boling.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Chancellor will halt his search for a new deal, and Chancellor confirmed, per Rapoport, that "he'll handle business things (like a contract) after the season." 

"We are whole again on defense," an unnamed Seahawks player told Werder. "We are definitely back in the fight.''

"He's practicing today. If he's practicing, he's playing," said Richard Sherman, per Bell.

According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1, Chancellor will be fined a total of $2.1 million for his holdout; however, it is possible his agent could negotiate a reduction of some sort.

Carroll added, per Boling, that he's not going to talk about enforcing fines.

Although the holdout will cost Chancellor, it hurt Seattle even more, as it is 0-2 after losses to the St. Louis Rams and the Green Bay Packers.

Chancellor's absence was especially apparent in Week 1 against the Rams as St. Louis tied the game late when quarterback Nick Foles threw a 37-yard touchdown to tight end Lance Kendricks. Chancellor's replacement, Dion Bailey, was beaten badly on the play.

Seattle needs to turn things around quickly, and ESPN's Mark Schlereth recently suggested that settling the issues with Chancellor would be the best way to do so:

mark schlereth @markschlereth

Seahawks… Keep taking a stand by not paying @Kam_Chancellor and they'll be watching the playoffs from a couch just like me!

The Seahawks defense lost a certain intimidation factor without Chancellor, as receivers were free to go across the middle of the field and opposing running backs didn't have to worry about a linebacker-esque figure moving up into the box.

Chancellor's return gives Seattle's defense a totally different look, and one can only assume it will energize the team as a whole.

The 2015 edition of the Seahawks is every bit as talented as the teams that reached the Super Bowl over the past two seasons, and if Chancellor shows he is ready to play and contribute immediately, then it shouldn't take long to dig out of a 0-2 hole.

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