While Seattle coach Pete Carroll was saying that there was no change in the situation with Kam Chancellor, a couple of reports concerning Chancellor generated some social media discussion, if nothing else.
ProFootballTalk reported earlier today that Chancellor expected he would get a new deal once he had established himself as one of the top safeties in the game.
Chancellor, recalled, signed a four-year,$28 million extension in April 2013. Some have noted that he was already regarded by most as one of the top safeties in the NFL, having made the Pro Bowl in 2011 and then helping key Seattle’s late-season surge in 2012.
The PFT story says Chancellor thought his contract would be tweaked to mirror that of some of his teammates who got deals later, such as Earl Thomas. That isn’t something the Seahawks have typically done, however, having stated they don’t expect to renegotiate contracts that have more than a year remaining.
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A little later, ESPN’s John Clayton said that he would predict that Chancellor will report by Monday. Clayton was careful to say it wasn’t a report, rather what he would predict would happen based on how he sees how things appear to be coming together.
Chancellor has now missed two weeks of training camp, and 11 practices, and could be fined more than $650,000 ($30,000 for each day as well at least another $220,000 in recouping his $1 million signing bonus for this season). Fines are at team discretion, and one possibility is that the team would waive the fines if Chancellor reports (the team waived Marshawn Lynch’s last year).
Whether these reports indicate much is going on behind the scenes is hard to know. But certainly it’s a possibility as Carroll said today that the two sides remain in constant contact.
“The conversations are ongoing,” Carroll said. (General manager) John [Schneider] continues to visit with Kam and his representation, and nothing’s changed at this point.”
The Seahawks have $9.48 million in cap room available (updated to reflect the official NFLPA number listed as of Friday). But in some ways, cap room isn’t really the big thing here. What is is the team not wanting to set a precedent of redoing deals with more than a year remaining, let alone three. So the search for a creative way out of this that allows both sides to still feel good about things continues.