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Chancellor signing was Hawks’ No. 1 off-season priority

Post by Eric Williams on April 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm with 55 Comments »
April 22, 2013 2:58 pm

Kam Chancellor was all smiles as the Seattle Seahawks announced the team has signed him to a four-year contract extension.

“I just feel great right now,” Chancellor said. “The Seahawks organization has blessed me. It just feels good. I’m a happy person right now.”

Chancellor indicated he played a bit hobbled in 2012, as he needed surgeries on both ankles after the season was over to remove bone spurs.

“I had two bone spurs – I had a bone spur on both ankles,” Chancellor said. “They kind of nagged me a little bit during the season. But you’ll never play at 100 percent. So it’s jumping I took care up right as soon as the season was over.

“Right now I’m back running, moving, cutting and doing drills. So the process is going well right now, and I’m looking forward to playing.”

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said keeping Chancellor on the team long-term was important because of the leadership and level of play he brings to the field.

“He’s been nothing but a positive influence on our program since the day he got here,” Carroll said. “It took him a year to get ready to play on a full-time basis, but he made a big impact in his rookie season, as well as special teams when he had his opportunities.

“He is a leader. He’s a great football player. He’s a physical football player that plays in the vain that we want to play. He stands for toughness and being physical, and we love every bit about that.”

Seattle general manager John Schneider took it a step further, saying inking Chancellor to a contract extension was the team’s No. 1 priority once the offseason began after the team’s playoff loss to Atlanta in January.

“Anything that happened other than being able to sign Kam was going to a bonus for us,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said. “It was our absolute No. 1 priority. We talked about it for a long time.”

Chancellor is the latest player the Seahawks have shown a commitment to bringing back, joining Marshawn Lynch, Max Unger, Chris Clemons, Brandon Mebane, Red Bryant and Michael Robinson as core players the team has brought back during the Carroll and Schneider era.

Further, Chancellor, selected in the fifth round of the 2010 draft, is the first draft pick of the Carroll and Schneider era signed to an extension.

“Our goal was to build this thing through the draft,” Schneider said. “And supplement it through free agency. But we want to continue to try and draft players that Coach Carroll and his staff are confident in, and will put on the field at a young age. And when that happens, you have players like this develop.”

Chancellor gave props to veterans like Lawyer Milloy for helping in his development as a player. Chancellor served as a backup behind the Tacoma native, playing on special teams and in the Bandit package his rookie season.

With the new contract, Chancellor said he shouldn’t have trouble taking care of those fines for big hits, should that situation arise again this season.

“I guess I can put a little pot to the side now,” Chancellor said with a laugh.

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  1. SandpointHawk says:

    Bam, Bam and Bam again. Nice signing….

  2. FleaFlicker says:

    This off-season just gets better and better.

  3. Gotta love it when you can keep your core. That’s what great teams do. I’m so looking forward to the day we hoist a Lombardi.

  4. This move leaves me all smiles as well.

  5. SandpointHawk says:

    “I guess I can put a little pot to the side now,” Chancellor said with a laugh.

    Just don’t be smoking it dude…

  6. montanamike2 says:

    This off-season just gets better and better.

    Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  7. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    anyone else think Red will be a cap casualty in next year or two?

  8. freedom_X says:

    Red Bryant will only be a cap casualty if he doesn’t play well. If he returns to what he was in 2011-2012, or even 90% of it, he’ll be on the team for the foreseeable future.

    If he has another sub-par year (well below the 2011 standard) he’ll may be asked to renegotiate. I don’t know what the cap penalty would be if they had to cut him in the next 12 months. If it’s big, he won’t be cut no matter what his performance is.

    I don’t think Seattle is signing players to gimmick contracts that basically mandate a player be cut after 2 or 3 years. That’s another positive that makes me feel good about how the team handles business.

  9. oldmanfan says:

    hawkfaninoklahoma, I think you are right.

    Schneider already said they wouldn’t be able to sign everyone. Browner, Sherman and KJ are all playing for peanuts and coming near the end of their rookie contracts I believe. Okung and Earl Thomas might be due a raise soon, too.

    Someone has to go.

  10. They paid Chancellor so much because of his leadership and positivity. And his toughness. Sounds good to me. Same as Lynch.

    But I dont want to see Browner or Sherman get away.

    I could handle losing Wright; he’s unspectacular, and not a star. Just a really fine solid player. He probably will never make a Pro Bowl.

  11. HawkfaninMT says:

    Maybe Klm can help out with this…

    Posters keep me ruining how much Okung and Thomas are going to cost. They were drafted under the old cha, so I would not automatically assume they are going to make a ton more than they currently are. I would bet both are paid in the top 10 at their position already. The big price jumps that will be tough to accommodate are going to be Wilson, Sherman, and to a smaller extent Browner.

  12. HawkfaninMT says:

    Ruining= bringing up …. Somehow! Dumb iPhone autocorrect

  13. By the time Browner is actually going to become a free agent he’s going to be too old to get a big long term deal.

    Okung signed a 6 year deal worth over $48 million but ET will most definitely be getting a raise (5 years and a little over $20 million).

  14. OregonHawk says:

    Some one correct me, but I thought Okung already has a good contract
    Russell Okung Tackle 8/6/2010: Signed a six-year, $48.5 million contract. The deal includes $30 million guaranteed. Another $9.5 million is available through incentives. 2013: $7.06 million, 2014: $8.76 million, 2015: $4.8 million, 2016: Free Agent

  15. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “Imagine Seahawk blue, I do”
    “I think about it day and night, it’s only right”
    “To think about the team you love and that’s alright!”
    “So happy together”

    “So now they sign Kam up, invest a dime”
    “Another great move that they make to ease my mind”
    “Imagine how the Seahawks could be, so very fine”
    “So happy together”

    “I can’t see us losing too many games now”
    “For the next ten years of my life”
    ” This FO shows me much of the skies’ll be blue”
    “For part of my life.”

    “Kam & Browner, Sherman & ET”
    “No matter how they toss the dice, it has to be”
    “The only way to be the best, and that is to”
    “Keep them happy together”

    “Kam-Bam-Bam-Bam, Kam-Bam-Bam-Bam, Kam-Bam-Bam-Bam”
    “Kam-Bam-Bam-Bam, Kam-bam-Bam-Bam, Kam-Bam-Bam-Bam”

    “So happy together”
    “How is the weather?”
    “So happy together”
    “We’re happy together”
    “(Kam-Bam-Bam-Bam Kam-Bam-Bam-Bam”)

  16. RDPoulsbo says:

    Bobbyk is right. People forget Browner was toiling away in the CFO for quite a few years. I believe he will be over 30 by the time he’s a IF so he’s the most likely odd man out in the secondary. Red Bryant is another candidate to get the axe after next season as well. He’s often injured and carries a high price tag. As good as he is, he had to prove he’s no Marcus Tubs.

  17. RDPoulsbo says:

    Damn you autocorrect! That’s CFL and Tubbs.

  18. I think they overpaid a bit– a million or two a year. But otherwise, everyone’s excitement and optimism has won me over. I’m still really interested to see what they do with the yearly salary breakdown and bonus money. I don’t really mind larger contract numbers, but I’d like less guaranteed money so that catastrophic injuries don’t destroy us.

  19. GeorgiaHawk says:

    How about some Sherman highlights?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkfzsiyIK2I

  20. Soggybuc says:

    Just a question for all of you mobile device posters. can’t you just turn that damn auto correct off?

  21. RDPoulsbo says:

    Soggybuc, My last Droid phone let me, but not this one. Believe me, if there was a way, I would have found it by now.

  22. GeorgiaHawk says:

    RDPoulsbo- Browner and Red are going nowhere soon imo. First they are a valuable part of our team. Second- They make big plays. Third- They most likely will resign on the cheap.

    Red is one of Erics players to have an improved season this year.

  23. raymaines says:

    GeorgiaHawk: I’m not much of a music guy so maybe you could help me out a little and post the name of the song your lyrics should be sung to. Thanks for considering this request.

  24. Red dealt with the same thing Albert Pujols is hurting with now. Red played through it and couldn’t DH like Pujols is doing. It’ll be nice to see him back at full strength next year.

  25. raymaines says:

    This just in from the Proof Reading Is A Lost Art Department:

    I’m guessing the audio of an interview is fed into a speech recognizer software program rather than laboriously typing out a transcript.

    Still, I can’t imagine what KC might have said that would result in this:

    “I guess I can put a little pot to the side now,”

  26. This is where John Schneider really earns his money.

  27. montanamike2 says:

    I too think that Red and Browner will will renegotiate for less to stay with the team, they have a little bit of loyalty to Seattle and realize that they are a better fit for this team. It must be nice to be set financially by the time you are 30. Revis might not get all that and a bag of chips, dudes getting up there in age, has just come off a serious injury and that insane contract he just signed has nothing gaurenteed. I think he’s cut in a year or two and Sherman can be franchised for a year after next, i think he has some loyalty too but will want his first payday.

  28. iPhone Autocorrect:

    Settings>General>Keyboard>Autocorrect (ON/OFF)

  29. RDPoulsbo says:

    Red would be a good 5 technique for lots of 3-4 teams out there. But the fact stands that he’s only been healthy for 1 year, his contact year. That’s going to be a factor when JS sits down and decides whether to cut him lose and get someone else in a draft.

  30. bbnate420 says:

    I’ve said it before, I think they choose between Bennett and Red after 2013. This is the last year where Red’s salary is guaranteed. I don’t believe they can resign/keep both. Depends on the health of both primarily. Red is a dominant run stopper when healthy, but he missed half of 2010 and was severely hampered much of 2012. We all know Bennett has the shoulder issue. I’m sure he will be reevaluated after the year, if he is able to make it through the season with it.

    BB will be 30 going into 2014 and 31 going in 2015. I don’t see anyone giving him a big, long term contract. He is a RFA after 2013. As I’ve said, I would bet dimes to dollars that they slap a 1st round tender on him. I doubt someone will give up a 1st in order to sign him to a big contract, but if they do then the Hawks get a 1st for him. In the likely scenario that no one does, they get him for another year at a relatively low salary. Win, win. He’s not in the class of Sherm or ET IMO. They can’t pay all 4.

  31. HawkfaninMT says:

    Nice point on using the 1st round restriction on Browner Nate… Did not consider that

  32. jawpeace says:

    Out of all the outstanding young talent, I thought that Kam would have been the most easy to replace and save money doing it. JS has a plan I am thinking Thomas and Okung can almost be resigned at their high paying rookie contracts just by adding a few more million. Richard Sherman is a whole different ball park. I know he thinks and I agree that he is the best corner in the NFL. With Revis getting 6 years 96 mil I don’t know how the Hawks are going to come up with that kind of $$$ and stay under the cap. Especially since Wilson will be getting his big $ after another couple of seasons.
    Resigning Sherm is probably not realistic. So the question is do you trade him after this season when he is to his final year for a couple of very high draft picks?

  33. bbnate420 says:

    Thanks, HawkfaninMT. I believe the 1st round tender after 2013 is approx. 3 mil or a little under.

    Okung probably isn’t going to get a huge raise from what he makes in 2013 in his next contract. He has a 9.54 mil cap number in 2013. He’s signed through 2015, and his cap number averages 9.25 mil in 2014 and 2015. I see him making 10-12 mil a year if he stays at the same level the next couple of years. They don’t really need to do anything until after 2014 IMO. I think they’d probably like to get an extension signed before the 2015 season starts.

    ET averaged 4.22 mil during his current contract, which ends after 2014. I would think they’d want to sign him to an extension before the 2014 season starts, though they can franchise one player a year. I’d expect him to average approx. double that 4.22 mil as year.

    Sherm is a big question. Revis did get 16 mil a year, but NONE of it is guaranteed. He’s not going to get 16 mil a year if he wants guaranteed money too. I’m not sure he gets it anyways. He seems like a good candidate for the franchise tag. Though he can still push to renegotiate after 2013. I would expect that he would, and he obviously deserves to. He was significantly underpaid in 2011 and criminally underpaid in 2012.

  34. montanamike2 says:

    I think when it’s time to lock up Sherman and Thomas that JS will find a creative way to keep them both even if we lose key players elsewhere
    and possibly restructuring. We’ll plug the holes in the draft but both players are too valuable to lose. Just my opinion though.

  35. Sherman is disposable. His mouth makes him an needless distraction.
    And, given how badly he wants to create a media brand … I doubt he’ll resign in Seattle anyway.
    Look for him to end up with the Jets.

  36. Sherman is part of the core. You draft great players and you resign them. You can’t keep everyone – but you keep the superstars you develop.

  37. GeorgiaHawk says:

    raymaines-

    The Turtles-“So Happy Together”

  38. “Sherman is disposable. His mouth makes him an needless distraction.”

    The best CB on the team, and maybe in the league is “disposable”? LOL. Not sure how you came to that conclusion. Oh, no, he talks too much in between making all those INT’s and deflecting all those passes. How distracting!

  39. yankinta says:

    At this point, I’m thinking we’ll have to Franchise Sherman or trade him for 2 1st round picks, when he comes up. Can’t pay him $14 mil a year, our Secondary would become the most expensive Secondary in the league, with Thomas and CC.

  40. yankinta says:

    At this point, I’m thinking we’ll have to Franchise Sherman or trade him for 2 1st round picks, when he comes up. Can’t pay him $14 mil a year, our Secondary would become the most expensive Secondary in the league, with Thomas and KC.

  41. montanamike2 says:

    I think he made a big mistake in falling into a Skip Bayless trap, but otherwise people have labled him a loudmouth even though he does a lot of charities and speaks for the whole secondary. I think he’s learning that even though he’s trying to be humorous, people in the media will spin it against him. I’m willing to bet he tones it down this year and let his play do the talking. I will wear my #25 jersey with pride and even enjoy antagonizing other fans with it.

  42. Dukeshire says:

    Sherman and Thomas both, are absolute priorities on this defense. Neither are being traded and neither are going to be given the option to test the open market. There are other positions on the team that Carroll / Schneider will cut costs but the back end of the defnese is not one.

    And to anyone who feels Sherman is simply “disposable” I say this: the secondary is what drives a Carroll defense, and Sherman is the best young corner in the game. I believe the adjective you were looking for was integral.

  43. “They paid Chancellor so much because of his leadership and positivity. And his toughness. Sounds good to me. Same as Lynch.

    But I dont want to see Browner or Sherman get away.”

    STTBM:

    Positivity, huh? LOL. They paid Chancellor as much as they did because he is currently one of the best in the game at his position. He is also maybe the most unique breed of safety among others that play SS. He’s a Terminator. No other SS in this league comes down hill against the run quite like Kam does. No other SS in this league makes his presence felt against opposing receivers quite the way Kam does either.

    Kam Chancellor is Pete Carroll’s ‘John Lynch’. He’s his ‘Tim McDonald’. At the end of the day these things have more to do with Pete and John placing an emphasis on extending Bam Bam than his positive vibe, or his great smile. Kam is a leader on this team, but he leads by example, and leaders by example are typically productive players.

  44. If Sherman is going to make too much (you say $14 million) for being a lock down CB does that mean you advocate dumping Wilson because he’ll eventually make over $20 million per season? You keep your superstars and don’t let them get away. Period.

    Sherman is more important than Chancellor, IMO, but I don’t see this as an either/or… They will keep both. If they thought that resigning Chancellor meant they couldn’t keep ET or Sherman (among some others) they wouldn’t have done it, again IMO.

  45. Dukeshire says:

    If I may, we can take it closer to home for Carroll and draw comparisons to Lawyer Milloy. Carroll uses them in nearly identical ways. But no matter, I agree with your overall view.

  46. Dukeshire says:

    You’re right Bobby, the either / or is between Chancellor and McQuestian / M. Robinson…

  47. Duke, that’s true. Milloy was also a direct influence on Kam early on in his career. Most fans probably don’t realize it, but Tim McDonald was also with Seattle for a very brief period, probably to sort of mentor Kam. In general, I think the SS in Carroll’s system is something of a college ‘Rover’ in terms of role. Kam can cover, however. He is not your typical in-the-box type of SS. He has excellent range for a guy his size at that position too.

    Pete wants enforcers there at SS; guys like Kam that have that willingness and toughness to the lay the wood on people, but also with intelligence and leadership. Kam is a benchmark sort of player for this role that has been framed up for him. And with this latest move Pete sets the bar for every SS that comes into his program and follows behind Kam.

  48. yankinta says:

    I’m just saying KC cost 7 mil a year, you can only have a limited number of players on a Team making 7 mil or more a year. Usually Strong Safety is not one of them.

    I love Sherman, I hope we will get to keep him long term but I just see us Tagging him instead of paying him 14 plus mil a year.

    I love RW for the fact that he’s already said publicly that he doesn’t play this game for the MONEY, he plays because he wants to be great. I don’t think he’s money hungry or will demand 20 mil a year. Hopefully we can extend him for 15 mil a year,, after he wins a SB for us.

  49. yankinta says:

    P.S., IMO, Sidney Rice will be gone after this year, unless he takes a paycut.

  50. Dukeshire says:

    Sekolah – Tim McDonald was is Seattle as what? McDonald played under Carroll in SF when he was DC, but yes, I’m not aware of McDonald being here.

  51. chuck_easton says:

    First off, we don’t know the actual cap hit with the Chancellor deal. You can’t just look at the amount and the years and say it’s X amount of money per year to the cap.

    The only thing you can realistically look at and count towards the cap is any signing bonus. We have heard the contract has 17 million guaranteed. What hasn’t been said is how is that money guaranteed?

    If future annual salaries are guaranteed for injury only that counts as a guarantee in the eyes of the agent and the public. But an injury guarantee just means the player will receive that money THAT YEAR if he cannot play due to injury. If he is cut for any other reason i.e. performance, he wore blue socks with brown pants, the insulted the owners dog…whatever, the money is not guaranteed and thus does not count towards the salary cap as the player never got it.

    I trust this FO and their capology. They have not shown that they fall into the trap of front loading contracts that will result in dead money down the road. They have also shown an ability to structure a contract so that it looks great to the player and his agent to trot out to the media and say ‘HEY LOOK I GOT PAID!!!!’ while in reality the contract is very cap friendly.

    In short, Seattle is not in cap hell like the Raiders (sorry Eric) who really only have 74 million to spend on actual contracts this year because they have over 40 million in dead money taking up cap room.

    Sherman will be paid. If he continues on his path and proves what he believes, i.e. he is better than Revis, he will be looking at Revis numbers and Seatle or some other team will have to get creative.

    The trick in contracts (and not just in this business but in every business including Divorce settlments) is to structure the contract so that both sides can declare victory. In sports the trick is to make the number look real big while actually having it hurt the bottom line very little. Seattle, NE, GB and other teams are masters at this which is why I don’t see a situation where Seattle will have a salary/player fire sale like we’ve seen with the Ravens, the Steelers, the Cowboys, the Raiders…

  52. Duke, yeah. McDonald was here for like a cup of coffee, in like 2011. He was listed as an assistant secondary coach.

  53. Personally I think Sherman would opt for keeping this team together if it meant that he had to take a few millions less than Revis, or whatever Patrick Peterson gets when it’s his turn. Will his ego truly require him to be the highest paid CB in the league? I don’t see it. Sherm may be something of a motormouth, and a media darling, but he doesn’t register as someone who’s only motivated by money. We’ll see what happens, but I think some of you are starting to jump to conclusions a little too soon. As has been pointed out we still do not know what Kam’s cap hit will look like over the length of that contract. All we know is that Kam is being paid roughly 7 million a year now.

  54. They will keep their stars that play out their rookie contracts for sure. Don’t expect any “discounts” though. Market value where the structure benefits the Seahawks.

    Discounts come from older FA’s wanting a ring. Based on the successful drafting, I doubt we see anything but very low FA signings in the next 3+ years. But that’s a good problem to have.

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