Kam Chancellor Announces He's Leaving NFL After 8 Seasons with Seahawks

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2018

Injured Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor stands on the field before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Kam Chancellor is walking away from football.

The four-time Pro Bowler made the announcement Sunday in a lengthy statement posted on Twitter:

Kameron Chancellor @KamChancellor

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Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network provided additional details:Β 

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Now former #Seahawks S Kam Chancellor isn’t officially retiring, he just wasn’t cleared medically to play again. Big difference. That means $6.2M this year and $5.2M of his base salary next year are guaranteed.

Chancellor, 30, spent his entire eight-year career with the Seattle Seahawks. He missed seven games in 2017 because of injury.

"I always prayed to God and told myself that I would play this game of football until the wheels fall off," Chancellor wrote. "Well the wheels didn't fall off, but God has given me a sign that I can't just ignore."

Chancellor said his injuries were not healing as he expected, which led to his walking away.

"I've played through all types of bruises and injuries at a high level. But this one, I just can't ignore," the tweet read.

Chancellor finishes his career with two second-team All-Pro selections. He was one of the last vestiges of the Legion of Boom, the Seahawks' secondary crew that led them to back-to-back Super Bowls, including a title in 2013. Richard Sherman's release earlier this offseason helped signal an end of an era.

Earl Thomas is the last remaining member of the so-called Boom.


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