RENTON – Seattle’s top needs for the NFL draft are assumed to be receiver and each side of the line.
The Seahawks’ confirmation Tuesday that strong safety Kam Chancellor recently had hip surgery, though, means the secondary might be rising in importance. The team said Chancellor had surgery on his hip a month ago. He has had a hip injury that has nagged him for two seasons.
NFL.com reported the surgery was to Chancellor’s labrum and that he might not be available for the start of the exhibition season. The team said it had no prognosis.
While Chancellor was on the field for 1,006 of Seattle’s 1,042 snaps in 2013, he occasionally sat out practice with what was listed as a hip injury. He also played with a hip injury in 2012, an ailment that coach Pete Carroll said was similar to that of receiver Percy Harvin, who had surgery and missed all but one game of the 2013 regular season.
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The team took a step to assure it had an experienced backup for Chancellor when it re-signed restricted free agent Jeron Johnson in April to a one-year contract worth $1.36 million.
DeShawn Shead, listed as a defensive back, has played safety, both at Portland State and with the Seahawks.
Seattle lists only three players as safeties on its roster — Chancellor, Johnson and free safety Earl Thomas. Thomas’ backup a year ago, Chris Maragos, signed as a free agent with the Eagles.
If Seattle drafts a safety in the first two rounds, an obvious target would be former Washington State star Deone Bucannon, who visited the Seahawks last month.
Lockette 911 calls released
Audio of 911 calls in a “suspicious incident’’ involving Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette and San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick and 49ers receiver Quinton Patton in Miami in April were revealed Tuesday by several media outlets.
At least two media outlets reported that Lockette made the call to report a naked woman lying in a bed and refusing to leave an apartment reportedly shared by the three players. Reports also stated that the woman referred to herself as Jesus.
Miami police say they are still investigating the case with no decisions yet made on whether to file charges. According to reports, the players have not been interviewed by police.
• Seahawks general manager John Schneider, during the team’s pre-draft media conference Tuesday, said the decision last week not to pick up an option on the contract of guard James Carpenter for the 2015 season was made to keep salary-cap flexibility for the future.
“It’s not a reflection on James at all,” Schneider said. “James has had a great offseason so far, and he looks great, and he’s doing a nice job.”
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