Chancellor stops the bleeding, but how deep will the financial cut be?
By showing up and ending his holdout, Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor will resume earning game checks in excess of $267,000 per week. The bigger question is whether the Seahawks will force Chancellor to pay out well over $1 million in fines and bonus forfeitures.
As calculated by PFT before Week One, Chancellor racked up $1.1 million in fines and another $500,000 in signing-bonus forfeiture. That’s a total of $1.6 million that the Seahawks could demand.
And here’s the problem: If they don’t get the money back, other players (like defensive end Michael Bennett) could be more inclined to stay away from mandatory activities in 2016, confident that the Seahawks ultimately would forgive and forget.
The separate question for Chancellor and the Seahawks will be whether they give him any extra money, including but not limited to the $534,000 in lost wages arising from the decision to skip a pair of games.
For now, it appears that Chancellor simply showed up, with no guarantees or concessions. Which means that the 0-2 Seahawks finally have secured their first victory of the year.