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Today, we’ll be discussing the Seahawks and safety Kam Chancellor. The 27-year-old is in the midst of a four-year, $28MM deal that runs through 2017 and is holding out to ensure the highest level of compensation as he enters what should be the most productive years of his career. In 2018, he’ll be entering his age-30 season and his payout could be fairly limited at that point.
The question is – will the Seahawks will bend? The Seahawks just paid big bucks to quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner and were forced to cut defensive tackle Tony McDaniel due to financial constraints, so it’s not as though they’re cash flush. Giving into Chancellor’s demands could also set a dangerous precedent for other Seahawks stars going forward.
Chancellor – who racked up 104 total tackles with seven pass deflections and one interception in 14 regular season games last season – is a key part of Seattle’s defense and he’s even more critical to the team this year with Earl Thomas potentially sidelined to start the year. However, the advanced metrics don’t portray him in such a flattering light. In 2014, he graded out as the 20th best safety in the NFL according to the advanced metrics used by Pro Football Focus (sub. req’d). In the year prior, Chancellor came in as the 12th best safety in the NFL.
All things considered, do you think the Seahawks should give Chancellor a substantially better deal? Or should they hold the line and hold him to his current pact? Let us know in the comment section below!