Community Tailgate: 8/17/15

We’re still a couple weeks away from the start of battles on the NFL gridiron, but there’s no offseason when it comes to debate amongst fans. This summer, we launched a new series here at PFR that will be known as the Community Tailgate. What’s the Community Tailgate all about? Well, it’s pretty simple. Every weekday, we’ll highlight one of the top stories going on in the NFL. Then, in the comment section below, we want you to weigh in and let us know what you think.

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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!

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4 comments on “Community Tailgate: 8/17/15

  1. Rory Parks

    Too early to rework; he’ll have to wait until next year, after the second year of his deal. It has to be frustrating for Seattle to sign some of their better defensive players to lucrative deals only to see them hold out or threaten to hold out after just one year. They don’t have the money to give in, and it would certainly set a bad precedent. Let him have a productive 2015, and then talk about it.

    • Sam Robinson

      Agreed, this seems a bit soon. Seattle’s well-planned push to sign their stars almost en masse seems to have created some jockeying from the guys that signed at the start of this retaining spree.

  2. Luke Adams

    There have been reports suggesting Chancellor is willing to hold out into the season. I’ll believe that when i see it, but if he’s not bluffing, that could be a problem for Seattle, especially considering Earl Thomas is still getting healthy.

    I wonder if Chancellor would be happy with a Marshawn Lynch type restructure, where some money is moved from the back of the deal to the front, and maybe he gets a little bit extra. It wouldn’t be the drastically reworked deal he’s looking for, but it’d be something, and it wouldn’t cost the Seahawks much.

  3. Jared J.

    At 1st I would have said yes, move some money around and make him happy but as time has gone by I have changed my stance to not only dont pay him but make him pay the 1 million or so in fines he has so far. I think if they do that, the chances of another player holding out next year are basically none.

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