Kam Chancellor might play in 2018, according to Pete Carroll

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 13: Rob Gronkowski (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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12s want Kam Chancellor on that wall. We need Chancellor on that wall. That is to paraphrase Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men, of course. But really, the Seahawks are a better team with Chancellor. Pete Carroll says the safety may play in 2018.

Kam Chancellor is a great football player. Whenever the Seahawks miss any of their potential future Hall of Famers – Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and Chancellor – the team suffers. Chancellor might decide to never play again. But for any 12s’ sake, we hope Chancellor is starting in 2018.

In Thursday’s Pete Carroll NFL Scouting Combine press conference, the head coach said ruling out Chancellor not playing next season is a mistake. Carroll is “…holding out hope that things work out.” While this may sound a bit pessimistic, the fact that Carroll thinks there’s a shot for Chancellor to return is positive.

And the Seahawks organization is clearly hoping Chancellor plays. His $6.8 million salary was guaranteed on February 9th when Seattle did not release him. Seattle is also in a money-strapped situation, so not cutting Chancellor on that day might mean two things.

One, the team really feels like the strong safety can return. And two, the Seahawks do not feel like they need to completely burn the house down and start over.

Chancellor has also said he intends to play football again, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. That is, of course, if Chancellor gets medically cleared to play after suffering a neck injury in week ten of last year.

Chancellor coming back to a secondary that should still have Thomas, Sherman and Shaquill Griffin would be a very good thing. Seattle, when healthy, is a playoff team. Let’s not forget that.

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And for what is it worth. Carroll seems to think that defensive end Cliff Avril could play too. The Seahawks need pass rushers. Avril’s return would be a positive.