Seattle general manager John Schneider said safety Kam Chancellor will "absolutely'' be a Seahawk in 2016, putting to rest any trade rumors.
BOCA RATON, Fla. — Kam Chancellor intriguingly tweeted an Instagram photo last week that said simply, “I’m not going anywhere.”
It seemed initially to come out of the blue. But rumblings that maybe the Seahawks and Chancellor have had some discussions of late to smooth over any lingering hard feelings resulting from his holdout last year have persisted in recent days.
And Seattle general manager John Schneider didn’t exactly quell the idea that the Seahawks and Chancellor have mended fences when he talked to reporters at the NFL league meetings Tuesday.
Asked about Chancellor’s post and if it might have had some meaning, Schneider said: “Kam is an extremely prideful, spiritual person and there are a lot of family things that stay in-house, so that’s one of them. I can’t speak more highly of a guy. It was a tough thing for everybody to go through last year so I’m glad he feels that way.’’
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Asked if that means Chancellor will definitely be a Seahawk in 2016, Schneider said: “Yeah, he’s a Seahawk yeah, absolutely.’’
Chancellor held out all of training camp last season and then through the first two games of the regular season while attempting to secure a new contract from the team. Chancellor eventually returned without getting any changes to his deal, a contract that pays him on average of just over $7 million per year and runs through the 2017 season.
There is no indication the team will do anything with Chancellor’s contract — any extension or raise would have to be revealed per the NFL’s salary cap rules. But Chancellor’s contract remains essentially tied for the most on a per-year basis for a strong safety in the NFL.
Chancellor’s tweet last week included a note saying: “Seattle is my Second home. I don’t plan on going anywhere unless some higher power places me elsewhere.. #Loyalty #12s #LOB