Community Tailgate: Kam Chancellor’s Holdout

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Speaking to reporters today, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed that star safety Kam Chancellor is continuing his holdout and has yet to report to the team. As Ian Rapoport of tweets, that means Carroll and his club expect to take the field in Week 1 without Chancellor in the secondary.

“He’s not here right now, so he’s not playing,” Carroll said. “That’s that.”

When Chancellor, who wants the Seahawks to rework his contract, began his holdout earlier in the summer, many observers were skeptical that he would stay away from the team this long. For the most part, players who hold out eventually relent before the possibility of missing game checks becomes a reality. Conversely, many teams are willing to at least temporarily placate their players by moving some salary around and giving them a little extra money up front — the Seahawks did that with Marshawn Lynch a year ago.

In this case though, neither side appears willing to budge. Chancellor just signed his contract two years ago, and it runs through the 2017 season, so the Seahawks are understandably hesitant to set a precedent by giving their star safety a raise already. On the other hand, Chancellor is one of the leaders of one of the league’s best defenses, and will earn base salaries of just $4.55MM in 2015 and $5.1MM in 2016. Given the lack of longevity for most NFL players’ careers, it’s hard to blame the 27-year-old for wanting to maximize his earnings while he can.

With Chancellor poised to miss the Seahawks’ first game of the year, he’d become the first player who signed a contract under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement to miss game action due to a holdout, tweets Albert Breer of the NFL Network. Rapoport notes (via Twitter) that Carson Palmer was the last player to extend a holdout into the regular season, sitting out the first six games of the 2011 season before the Bengals traded him to the Raiders.

How do you see this situation playing out now that Chancellor is on the verge of missing the Seahawks’ opener? Will he or the Seahawks eventually give in? Will he be traded? Or will the stand-off drag on throughout the season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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5 comments on “Community Tailgate: Kam Chancellor’s Holdout

  1. Bob Grayson

    Kam is playing with fire! If he gets traded to a high state income tax state he might be taking a significant pay cut. Washington State has 0% income tax compared to California’s 13.3NJ./NY’s close to 10%.

    He should get better advice concerning the long term ramifications of a holdout or a potential trade. He has already (theoretically) lost hundreds of thousands of dollars – time to reexamine his strategy.

  2. Jim

    I get why he’s holding out, but I also know the Seahawk’s position on not renegotiating and not wanting to set a precedent. And with the report that he wants 2017 money to be moved to 2016, why didn’t he hold out next year?

  3. dubinsky

    he’s held out too long and should have returned sooner so as not to miss any regular season games.

    he’s not working for peanuts and his contract numbers are reasonable for a guy playing well at safety but not at a level that puts him in the league top ten.

  4. Cliff K

    Add another year and rework 2016 and 2017 as part of it, both sides win

  5. Herman Noodleman

    My problem is he signed a contract. Honor your commitment !! If you had a bad year would you allow the team to re-do the deal ??

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