Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that safety Kam Chancellor’s contract extension sends a message to the rest of the players for the Seattle Seahawks – prove your value and you will be rewarded.
Boling: “Locking players down before losing them to free agency follows a pattern Schneider and Pete Carroll have established with extensions for Marshawn Lynch, Brandon Mebane, Max Unger, Red Bryant, Chris Clemons and Mike Robinson.
Chancellor’s extension looks reasonable compared to the five-year deal with $22 million guaranteed that former UW Huskies star Dashon Goldson collected from Tampa Bay – although there’s been some early questioning if it might be a bit generous.”
Chancellor had this to say about veteran safety and Tacoma native Lawyer Milloy mentoring him during his rookie season in 2010: “It helped me out a lot,” Chancellor said. “Like every rookie that comes in and thinks they can play his first year, I thought I could play my first year. Just the way he approached the game, he was a fierce competitor. Every time we stepped on that field he wanted to take somebody’s head off. He was always amped up. He gets you going … . So having a year behind him and just seeing a guy like that of that stature, I think it helped out a lot as a player.”
The News Tribune’s position-by-position draft preview continues with a profile of Azusa Pacific offensive tackle Luke Marquardt and a look at this year’s offensive line class.
Jayson Jenks of The Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks have build through the draft by mining diamonds in the rough like Kam Chancellor.
Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net writes that the Seattle Seahawks are one of four teams that have shown heavy interest in Colorado TE Nick Kasa.
Former Seahawks fullback Leonard Weaver hasn’t played football since 2010, and will sign a one-day contract to retire from football as a Philadelphia Eagle.
Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com reads through the misinformation and spin put out during the final week leading up to the draft to provide his top 10 truths. One of them is he believes that Tennessee WR Justin Hunter will be drafted in the first round.
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com provides this plan for Seattle. Perfect plan: The Seahawks traded their first-round pick to the Vikings in exchange for Percy Harvin. Coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider, who have successfully found hidden gems at every round, will look for an impact pass rusher or defensive tackle. Kawann Short would be a tremendous get, though they might have to settle for an intriguing edge player like Alex Okafor.
Backup strategy: Carroll has surrounded Russell Wilson with capable weapons on the perimeter, but Seattle could use a big-time playmaker at tight end. Jordan Reed, Travis Kelce or Dion Sims would be enticing options on Day 2.
Bill Branwell of Grantland takes an interesting look at the NFL’s ability to sort through the draft and develop tiers of talent that suits each team’s needs.
Clark Judge of CBS Sports writes that former Seahawks cap guy and current Jets GM John Idzik passed his first major test with the trade of cornerback Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay.