Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor has been fined $40,000 for his personal foul penalty on Rams tight end Lance Kendricks in the fourth quarter of Seattle’s 24-7 win in Week 11, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com reports.
On a 1st-and-10 play with 2:38 to play in the fourth quarter, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford led Kendricks 15 yards down the right seam. Kendricks caught the ball as Chancellor, who was leading with his right shoulder, was two yards away. Kendricks then appears to partially slide, which leads to Chancellor’s shoulder contacting the rookie tight end in the helmet, knocking the ball free and Kendricks out of the game.
As initially reported by Mac’s Football Blog, Chancellor was fined $20,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless receiver, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin, in Week 10. It’s likely that the league has determined that Kendricks was a defenseless player. According to the fine schedule agreed upon by the NFL and NFL Players Association, the second offense for a hit on a defenseless player is $40,000.
Chancellor entered the NFL as a 2010 fifth-round pick out of Virginia Tech and signed a four-year contract worth $2.003 million. Chancellor is earning a CBA-enhanced base salary of $450,000 in 2011, which is comprised of 17 game checks worth $26,471 before taxes. The $60,000 in fines incurred the last two weeks means Chancellor has forfeited 13.3 percent of his annually salary due to league-imposed fines.