Seattle Seahawks

  1. Seahawks release first unofficial depth chart vs Bears

  2. Shanahan press conference wrap: Richard Sherman evaluation, more

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The Seattle Seahawks are finally all set for regular season action after enduring roster cuts over the Labor Day weekend. With all the nasty business of cutting jobs in the books, the team finally has their 53-man roster and while most starting positions are also settled; a select few remain up for grabs. But now at least we know who are leading those spots. The Seahawks released their official depth chart for week two.

The team keep road surfing through their 2018 regular season versus the Chicago Bears who've done a bit of rebuilding of their own much like the Seahawks. The difference for Seattle being, they're rebuilding around quarterback Russell Wilson, which means you're never really in a full rebuild. The Seahawks have made an effort to shed salary on defense by trimming Richard Sherman, Sheldon Richardson, Jeremy Lane, Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril's salaries and replacing them with youngster's like Shaquill Griffin, Nazair Jones, Justin Coleman, Rasheem Green and Frank Clark. They also added a veteran or two into the mix with Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen.

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They've actually added salary on offense by extending left tackle Duane Brown and wide receiver Tyler Lockett and reconfigured their tight end position. Instead of the pass-catching weapon of Jimmy Graham, he's been replaced by four sturdy blocking tight ends with just reliable hands. The tight ends is back to being an extension of the run game and not the passing effort. With all those changes in mind, let's dive into who's where, what and when. 

Here's a look at the Seahawks depth chart for week two and beyond. 

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The Seattle Seahawks 2018 season has officially started. Despite the season allegedly kicking off at Broncos Stadium at Mile High to the tune of a 27-24 Denver Broncos win on Sunday, the Seahawks season has not begun yet until now. It simply wouldn't be a NFL season without a cryptic post of unknown clarity (that's redundant) from a member of the Legion of Boom. Just over the last year, we've had former cornerback Jeremy Lane stew over playing time and accidentally reveal former cornerback Richard Sherman's release via social media. We've had strong safety Kam Chancellor actually do the same thing on Sherman via social media. We've had multiple instances of free safety Earl Thomas' cryptic behavior prior and during his holdout, via social media.

And now Chancellor's getting back into the mix while he sits in defacto retirement. But for how long?

The veteran safety appeared to signal in early July that he would not be able to continue his NFL career due to his 2017 season-ending neck injury that was not healing, according to his July checkup. Chancellor has been seen around the Virginia Mason Athletic Center on two occasions since then. During training camp, he signed autographs for the fans, after he watched practice and he returned last week for the team's first practice.

Both times he declined to speak to the media but stated he'd be around the team and would address the media at a later date. Perhaps, he'll be a addressing a potential comeback. His Instagram certainly seems to hint at that potential.

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Using a set of highlights of him lighting into offensive players, he captioned the posts with "Fight until you can't fight anymore!!! #StayTuned" along with three praying hands emoji.

That message certainly sounds like a man planning to announce big news.

The Seahawks prepared for life without Chancellor this offseason by re-signing versatile safety Bradley McDougald to a three-year extension. McDougald filled in the final seven games of the season when Chancellor's season ended on Thursday Night Football versus the Arizona Cardinals. McDougald continued his role as the starting strong safety in week one versus the Denver Broncos and excelled.

He posted two interceptions and was the fourth-highest rated safety in week one, according to Pro Football Focus. One of the three players higher than him was his own teammate -- Earl Thomas. The Seahawks also drafted backup strong safety Professional Clog Closed Back Aubrey Women's Black Sanita SxnfXO5q with a third-round pick in 2017; so the Seahawks are well prepared for life without Chancellor. But they are still paying him to essentially miss the entire 2018 season.

Buckle Exersteps Rocker Double Women's Bottom Strap Black Sandal Due to the injury guarantees in his three-year extension signed during the 2017 preseason, Chancellor's entire base salary for 2018 was fully guaranteed, meaning the Seahawks had no recourse to wipe that money from their books and Chancellor had no reason to retire and open the door to giving that money back. Instead, the team placed him on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, which ended his 2018 season on the first day of training camp. He's still getting his $10 million plus contract in 2018 and quite frankly, he earned that money; so good for him.

But, could Chancellor actually be eyeing a return in 2019 if his injured neck heal enough to let him play?

Only the man himself has that answer but it would create an interesting dilemma in the front office. The team doesn't want to give Earl Thomas an extension to keep him around past 2018. Would they want Chancellor around in 2019 or have they moved past that point with McDougald's extension and investments in younger players? Could Chancellor's return create a domino effect that ends in his release or trade? He avoided the calamity of the offseason retooling because his contract couldn't be moved. What happens if he returns?

First things first, Chancellor's has to state he's not retiring and instead will continue his career after 2018. For now, all we have is the usual cryptic Legion of Boom post but those kind of posts have broken some interesting news over the last year.

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