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.