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Pete Carroll: Cliff Avril, Kam Chancellor might not play football again

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The Seahawks defense could face some huge changes.

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks defense suffered numerous injuries this season, and we could be seeing the start of a precipitous decline. Head coach Pete Carroll addressed the media on Tuesday, and suggested defensive end Cliff Avril and strong safety Kam Chancellor might not play football again.

It is safe to say this is kind of a big deal.

Earl Thomas is the most important piece of that defense, but Avril and Chancellor have been key cogs throughout their run of success. This could be Carroll getting a little melodramatic, but even still, clearly this is on the radar.

If the Seahawks do find themselves in need of a new strong safety, it would not be at all surprising to see them make a run for soon to be free agent Eric Reid.

Reid entered the NFL as a free safety, but moved to strong safety this season in Robert Saleh’s version of the Seahawks defense. Reid missed time due to a knee injury, but since returning has been a significant impact player for the 49ers defense.

The 49ers could be looking at considerable safety depth between Jimmie Ward, Jaquiski Tartt, and Adrian Colbert. If they decide that is enough, Seattle makes a lot of sense for Reid. Aside from the positional need, he would be joining a locker room that has had plenty of player activism. Reid has acknowledged that his protest decision could cost him in free agency, but maybe not if the Seahawks are looking for a new strong safety.