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Morning links: Chancellor’s big pay day sends message

Post by Eric Williams on April 23, 2013 at 8:18 am with 26 Comments »
April 23, 2013 9:34 am
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, foreground left, and general manager John Schneider, rear right, announce a four-year extension to the contract of safety Kam Chancellor during an NFL football news conference on Monday, April 22, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, John Lok)
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, foreground left, and general manager John Schneider, rear right, announce a four-year extension to the contract of safety Kam Chancellor during an NFL football news conference on Monday, April 22, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, John Lok)

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 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 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 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.

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  1. Leonard Weaver spends a season and a game with Philly and retires with them? I know they gave him a decent payday, but we made him an undrafted free-agent and gave you a chance in the league. I don’t know why I’m peeved because he was just a role-player, but it does irk me. I thought he should have retired a Seahawk.

  2. CDHawkFan says:

    I am not sure you can promise that the Seahawks will reward everyone who shows their value. At some point they will run out of cap money due to mulitiple All-Pro players so some guys that have ‘proven their value’ will have to go elsewhere to get paid.

    Maybe its more of ‘get it while the gettin’s good’.

  3. SaigonSun says:

    It’s better to sign them and trade them for a pick, then let them go in free agency and get nothing.

  4. This draft intriges me more than most –

    1. You have no idea where the Seahawks are going to go – we can make good educated guesses but they are set to do whatever they want

    2. SF has 13 picks – will they draft 13 or move all over in the draft

    3. StL – has 2 first round picks and are positioned well in the draft – could be major upgrades for them. They have quietly put together a very solid 1st year under Fisher. Good season, solid, if not spectacular, off season so far.

    Time will tell -

  5. Dukeshire says:

    I believe it’s about the idea that if you’re “all in” and kill it on the field, the opportunity is there. It’s a motivator. Unlike the Ruskell method where no matter how well you played, you weren’t getting an extension until your current contract expired. A failed policy, indeed.

  6. chuck_easton says:


    Chalk that one up to player ego. Weaver was a FB here. An undrafted FB. Seattle wanted to pay him in line with what a FB makes.

    Weaver and his agent considered him a hybrid FB/RB and wanted him paid as a RB. Seattle refused. Weaver went to philly, got his big payday, made the pro-bowl his one full season, and then blew out his knee.

    He had more years in Seattle, but Philly showed him the love. Remember, it’s all about the love, the respect, and in the NFL you show the love by paying.

    Makes perfect sense Weaver considers himself an Eagle. They showed the love when Seattle didn’t

    I remember all the hype on here when Seattle wouldn’t pay him. Then he went on and had that one good season and it was ‘we never should have let him go…’. In hindsight just another example that the people that actually, you know, get PAID to make the decisions know more than the fans who think with their hearts first.

  7. montanamike2 says:

    I still beat myself up for losing Weaver.
    Damn Ruskell!!!!!

  8. yankinta says:

    lol, I liked that article. Could we pick Marquardt in the 7th round and play him as Tackles but have some special formations for him to run some routes and pass catches?? That would be a red zone weapon…. The defenses won’t know if he is there to play tackle or play TE!!! :)

  9. edstang45 says:

    You hit it on the head Duke …These differences will take us to not one but a run on the SB..the talent and mentality on this team is fairly new here in Southern Alaska where everyone wants to play baby ….go hawks

  10. edstang45 says:

    Play here that is

  11. moparmarty says:

    It’s going to be hard having to wait until day two. But Harvin was well worth it. I still believe we need OL to take G’s spot. I think we eventually sign all but Browner in the backfield, we will find another gem to replace him either this year or next. To many penalties and he is the oldest of all of them. Go Hawks!

  12. Carlsonkid says:

    Good luck Church Bus ! I remember reading that Holmgren said he used to sing spirituals as they practiced . The man was a capable runner and a pretty good receiver out of the backfield ala John L. Williams . Loved the guy ; the fact he retired an Eagle doesn’t bother me anymore than the fact Julian Peterson used to be a Niner . The NFL is a business , you get a few short years in the league and then it’s over .

    Good luck to him in his future endeavours ..

  13. “I believe it’s about the idea that if you’re “all in” and kill it on the field, the opportunity is there. It’s a motivator. Unlike the Ruskell method where no matter how well you played, you weren’t getting an extension until your current contract expired. A failed policy, indeed”

    I think that’s a very good point. And it also obviously goes hand in hand with the team/family vibe you can feel coming out of the Hawks locker room these past couple years. Carroll really does a lot of things right.

  14. I remember that game and that stiff arm…that was indeed a nasty stiff arm. Best of luck to Weaver in retirement

  15. RDPoulsbo says:

    It’s quite possible they already have Browner’s replacement waiting in the wings with Jeremy Lane. He played competently in Browner’s absence, fits the profile they want and found his way on the field even though he’s not a good fit in the slot.

    No, he’s not heralded as the next big thing, but neither were Sherman or Browner when they were picked up.

  16. Browner is a mauler. Would prefer a CB that is physical but can also cover. Maybe Lane is the one. Don’t expect that BB is extended unless on the cheap and they can’t locate an upgrade. I was also disappointed when they let Weaver walk. Showed potential in limited opportunities.

  17. Man that Weaver thing sucks, I was rooting for him to come back and be able to play again. I actually wanted the Hawks to keep his ass, he was one of my favorites during that time. Wish him the best, lifes a bitch sometimes.

  18. chuck_Easton–I take exception to your opinion on Weaver. I think he proved handily that he was far more of a talent than Timmay! Ruskell, our GM at the time, gave him credit for. As you may remember, Timmay! was bringing in Mora and Knapp, and Knapp’s system barely used a FB, and certainly didnt call for a versatile FB, and he brought his Raiders guy with him. They didnt want a FB like Weaver, they wanted the Raider guy and they wanted to pay him accordingly–not much. They even said as much when they released Weaver, that they wanted a cheaper FB who knew their system.

    Also, there was the obvious dynamic that Ruskell was sandbagging Holmgren, and getting rid of all “his” guys, regardless of talent. That was documented by plenty of players and FO types after TImmay was fired, and was one of the reasons Ruskells butt got fired. After Ruskell was gone, accounts from insiders told of how divided the players and FO was between Ruskells minions, and “Holmgrens Guys”, and bitterness from guys who knew they were gonna get the ax regardless of performance simply because Holmgren liked them and they supported him.

    The Seahawks basically said Ruskell was fired as much for the dysfunction and poisonous atmosphere his “leadership” caused as he was for his poor drafting, FA decisions, and his failure of a coaching staff.

    Those two things had a lot more to do with Weaver getting cut than his “ego”. Weaver believed he had demonstrated the talent to be more than a blocking FB for years–and he had–yet he busted his tail and by all accounts had a great attitude, putting everything he had into becoming the blocking FB they wanted. He was improving at it yearly, though he was no Mack Strong.

    To call him out for being a big ego when he was run out on a rail despite putting in years of butt-busting dirty work , by all accounts with a smile and a gospel song on his lips, even during his contract year, is rude and just plain wrong. The guy even put up with being little-used in a contract year, knowing they would likely not retain him; how many athletes would put up with that?! I know I wouldnt have. But he was loyal to Seattle and Holmgren and took it on the chin.

    Ive never been so disappointed in anything you have commented, nor more disgusted. You sir, are dead wrong.

    And Weaver proved to be a dynamic player for Philly, until his horrific freak injury. An injury, I might add, that could happen to anyone carrying the football, even Russell Wilson (God Forbid!), and should not be used to justify not giving someone a fair contract, because “they got injured anyway”. Thats asinine. I expected better logic from an attorney.

  19. You guys writing off Browner are whack.

    The guy outplayed Sherman right up to his suspension, and was far more steady, without the ups and downs and blown plays Sherman was prone to. It was only during Browners suspension that all the hype on Sherman really took off, and his play also skyrocketed.

    While Sherm was a fine player before that, he was inconsistent. Browner was the shut-down corner up to that point, and he took one for the team with his early suspension too. (I still believe both him and Sherm took Adderall, intentionally or not).

    He will be 28 when his contract is up, and so might not get a long-term contract, but if he’s still playing at this level, he’s gonna get at least a 2-3 year deal for decent money. Everyone is copying Seattle’s DB’s with bigger fast guys. He will be in demand.

    And you cant replace a beast like him with Lane or Thurmond, they arent the same kind of player. I hope they extend him ASAP and pay him something decent–he’s vastly underpaid and due to his age wont be able to recoup those years of drastically outperforming his contract.

  20. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “I expected better logic from an attorney.” Lol.

    Since when has better logic been used by attorneys?

  21. bbnate420 says:

    STTBM, time to recheck your facts, dude. BB is 28 right now. He will be 29 this coming season. That means he will be 30 in 2014 and 31 in 2015, the year he will be a RFA and UFA respectively.

    I don’t think you’ll find many that will agree with you that BB was playing even that close to the level of Sherm, much less above it. I like BB a lot in this system, but he’s not the level of a Sherm or Revis IMO. It’s fine if you think BB is better than Sherm, but it’s just your opinion and a minority one at that. You shouldn’t expect most people here to buy into it. I like BB, but I don’t think he will get a big payday here or elsewhere. This is due to his age and need to play in a certain system. It’s nothing personal against him. He could possibly stay past 2014, but he won’t be making 8+ mil IMO.

    Although I thought you might’ve been a little too harsh on Chuck, I do agree that the fact that Weaver suffered a horrific injury is not justification for Numbskull not resigning him. Any NFL player at anytime can suffer such an injury. Numbskull was certainly no soothsayer. He took a good team and turned it into shit.

  22. bbnate420 says:

    Oh, and there’s no proof that BB, “Took one for the team.” He might’ve dropped his appeal so he could be back in time for the playoffs, but I believe he only does that if he believes he doesn’t have a good chance of winning. I would bet that he would’ve challenged it if he had a strong case like Sherm. I’m not going to argue whether or not they took Adderall. Nobody knows for sure, even if they think they do.

    Unscientific poll: Who here thinks BB was outplaying or playing to the same level as Sherm in 2012 before his suspension?

  23. princeaden says:

    Negative check.

  24. BB didn’t outplay Sherm. However, BB defined how you defend against Kaepernick. That was huge.

    From what I saw, Lane will be a beast when he gets his shot. This secondary including backups is the best in the NFL IMO. That’s IF Winfield can still bring the wood.

    Can’t wait to see PC/JS trade up for a chance to get their player. Trading for next years higher picks would be more ideal though imo.

  25. grizindabox24 says:

    Hawks will be less likely to spend on BB due to his age. Kam’s new 2013 cap hit will be $3.8 million

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