Stricken with injuries at safety, the Giants are setting their sights on one of the game’s best.
The Giants engaged in discussions with the Seahawks about a trade for Kam Chancellor, Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reports. Chancellor’s missed all of the Seahawks’ preseason work due to a contentious holdout.
Raanan points out a deal for the 27-year-old Chancellor would likely cost the Giants two high draft choices.
While the need is there and the player would certainly fill it, the Seahawks are not exactly clamoring to trade their strong safety. The Giants and other teams have asked about Chancellor but have been told he’s not getting traded, per ESPN.com’s Dan Graziano (Twitter link).
Continuing the impasse, the Seahawks haven’t granted their disgruntled safety permission to speak with other teams, according to CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora (on Twitter).
We heard earlier today the Seahawks are exploring trades for veteran safeties, with the availability of its own in question. Earl Thomas is expected to play soon but is coming off a serious shoulder malady.
Unhappy with the four-year, $28MM deal he signed in 2013, Chancellor has been reported to be “dug in” on his holdout, which could increase Seattle’s efforts to facilitate a trade unless it wants to set a precedent of surrendering cash with this much time left on a deal.
The Seahawks have signed many of their holdovers in recent years and could set course down a slippery slope if they appease Chancellor.
Big Blue’s lost four safeties — Mykkele Thompson, Nat Berhe, Justin Currie and Bennett Jackson — to season-ending injuries, and Landon Collins sprained his MCL during preseason play. The Giants signed Brandon Merriweather and Stevie Brown as bandaids at this position.