Pete Carroll hints that injuries will force Kam Chancellor, Cliff Avril into retirement
The Seattle Seahawks could look like a much different team by the time the 2018 season rolls around, as it sounds like at least two of their best defensive players may be on the verge of calling it a career.
Defensive back Kam Chancellor and pass-rushing specialist Cliff Avril both suffered season-ending neck injuries this year. On Tuesday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll indicated that neither is likely to play football again.
"Cliff and Kam are going to have a hard time playing football again,'' Carroll says of Avril and Chancellor, but indicates it will be their decision.
— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) January 2, 2018
Chancellor, who signed a three-year, $36 million extension last August, will turn 30 in April. Avril will turn 32 the same month, and there have been questions about whether the Seahawks would bring either player back even if they were cleared by doctors.
The Seahawks are expected to flirt with the idea of a total rebuild on defense this offseason. If Chancellor and Avril are both forced to retire, Seattle may not have a choice. The “Legion of Boom” as we know it is likely a thing of the past.