Schneider says Chancellor extension was Seahawks top priority

AP

The Seattle Seahawks have had a busy offseason adding pieces to an already strong roster.

A trade for Percy Harvin. The free agent signings of Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Antoine Winfield and Tony McDaniel. Yet, for Seahawks general manager John Schneider, the biggest move of the offseason came with the extension of safety Kam Chancellor on Monday.

Schneider said that any free agent signings they made this offseason would have been a bonus over the prospect of getting a long-term deal done with Chancellor.

“(Extending Chancellor) was our absolute number one priority, we talked about it for a long time,” Schneider said. “…This whole offseason from the get go has been about Kam, and we would’ve never got into any other deals if we felt it was going to put his situation in jeopardy.”

Seattle has been able to accomplish both. The trade of Matt Flynn to Oakland earlier this month freed up $11.5 million over the next two seasons for the Seahawks. While Seattle may still have been able to get a deal with Chancellor done with Flynn on the roster, a source said it would have been very unlikely the Seahawks would have been able to add Winfield without the additional cap space as well.

Chancellor was set to enter the final year of his rookie contract with the Seahawks. The new contract will keep him in Seattle through the 2017 season.

“They told me at the end of last season that they were going to take care of me because I was a core guy that works hard all of the time and led by example,” Chancellor said. “I just feel blessed right now. I feel like I am in a good situation, good spot, I’m glad I can put this behind me now and just concentrate on football and leading this program to a championship. That’s all we are about right now.”

41 responses to “Schneider says Chancellor extension was Seahawks top priority

  1. Good for Kam. As much as I despise the Seahawks staff and most of their players, Chancellor and Wilson are both hard-working, intelligent young men who lead by example and with their work ethic and let their play (not their mouths) do the talking. Good to see the young man be rewarded

  2. Seattle just keeps on making all the right moves and setting up the team to dominant the league over the next decade.
    Schneider and Carroll are the absolute best duo in the league.
    TRUE geniuses, not fraud geniuses that the media coined upon a cheater.

    The NFC West is owned by the Seahawks, and the road the multiple Super Bowls will be running through Seattle.

    I feel so sorry for the team of softies in GB, the team of whiners in the Rice-A-Roniville, the perennial mediocre team with the overhyped FraudIII, and the Motown crybabies

  3. This is what happends when you have a 3rd round starting qb making peanuts (in NFL terms). Better start front loading these deals.

  4. Great Move for both the Hawks and Kam. A few more moves yet to go, but got to love this agreement and the moves this off season.

  5. He’s lying if he says signing Chancellor was more important than trading for Percy. Otherwise Percy wouldn’t be the 2nd highest paid WR right now and the Seahawks wouldn’t be down 3 draft picks

  6. Great move by pete and john. the seahawks are looking like they are serious about being an NFL power for the foreseeable future. as a longtime fan its amazing to see how quickly pete has turned things around….

  7. This sends an extraordinary signal to the members of the team: “We take care of our own.” And then they play even harder. I like it when Chancellor says that “..a championship. That’s all we are about right now.” Go ‘Hawks.

  8. ” Dream team ”

    Those who proclaim this are PATHETIC.. Is that your shot at trying through some magical power out of this world to ginx the Seahawks? They sign a probowl Safety amongst a pro bowl secondary that they developed an drafted and it’s somehow ” buying ” a team and similar to the obvious train wreck that was the Eagles a few years back.

    The Hawks have drafted better than any team over a three year span now, they have cap space because of that and have maneuvered around $ to ensure thy can keep their team own. No team can keep everyone but they must keep their core players and try to have depth to replace some potential losses.

    The Hawks were no gimmick, or lucky team, just because attention was given to SF (rightfully so) doesn’t mean Seattle wasn’t building what they have now in a legitimate SB contender.

    The NFCW was overlooked until the emergence of SF and then to have two top 2 teams n the rankings took many by surprise but not to Hawks fans because we saw the depth and how Pete was filling wholes.

    Signing FA to show me deals with low cap hits gave this team space to continue to make moves within this offseason and in the next. But stop hating the Hawks!! They will be around for a good long time.

    They are the second youngest nfl team there going to nowhere but up! Get use to it.

  9. “Down 3 draft picks” — Yeah, that add up to about what it would take to get to 15 in this draft. A total steal for a playmaker like Harvin, especially since we still have 8 picks and maybe 4 roster spots.

  10. Maybe before talking about winning a championship this iteration of Seahawks should at least win their division. However, they (and their fans) ARE the champs when it comes to yappin’.

  11. I can’t wait for the week 2 beatdown on the 9ers…they’re still having nightmares of Lynch, Sherm, and Wilson… that hit on Davis was one of the hardest hits in the history of this game. And that hit on Welker in the Pats game was a teeth-rattler too.

  12. Man, the ‘Hawks really are running an excellent operation. As much as I dislike them, I can’t help but respect how quickly they improved that roster both by adding a lot of young talent in a short period of time and by getting that young talent playing at such a high level so soon. I expect the Niners-Seahawks rivalry to become something quite special with 2 great organizations, each with 2 very good young QB’s.

  13. inyofaceagain says:
    …He’s lying if he says signing Chancellor was more important than trading for Percy. Otherwise Percy wouldn’t be the 2nd highest paid WR right now and the Seahawks wouldn’t be down 3 draft picks.

    No, he’s not lying. The Seahawks did not know, going into the off-season, that Percy Harvin would be available in trade. Schneider commented last week that it was Harvin’s management that call him, about 2 weeks before the trade…up until then not at all, so read the headline again and you’ll understand.

    Schneider was 100% correct and has been saying it all along that going into the off-season, re-signing Cam was #1 priority.

    js

  14. inyofaceagain says:

    He’s lying if he says signing Chancellor was more important than trading for Percy. Otherwise Percy wouldn’t be the 2nd highest paid WR right now and the Seahawks wouldn’t be down 3 draft picks

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    He’s not saying it was more important in retrospect, he was saying that going into the offseason that signing Chancellor was their top priority. Schneider has said that Harvin’s agent approached THEM, and then the rest came together. They had a chance to do both, so they did. But Kam and Schneider both made it very clear that this extension has been in the works since the end of last year and that is was very important to both of them.

  15. The Seahawks are clearly having the best off season of any team in the league.

    All we need to do now is grab a couple of gems in the draft and stay healthy for s Super Bowl run.

  16. Morseman, shut up. This is a team built through the draft. And to answer your question…who knows? Are you basing it off the one supposed “dream team” that was the eagles? The team that was decent and had an injury prone turnover prone QB in mike Vick and acquired a couple corners? I’m not sure why anyone considered them a dream team anyways. I knew they would suck. Comparing the two teams in just disgustingly wrong! Seattle actually has a competent QB to steer the ship in the right direction. They have actually hav a legit defense that has credibility the last two seasons to show they’re not a fluke. The eagles never had any of that. It’s just a bad comparison. Just stop with the dream team talk already. They aren’t. I’ve said it over and over this team is a legit super bowl contender that is young and hungry and built through the draft. I don’t think getting a young dynamic WR who is 24 for the 25th pick in a crappy draft is setting us back. Oh and they signed two edge rushers to short small contracts? Wow yeah that totally screams dream team. Idiot.

  17. It seems like as more and more college coaches move to the NFL coaching ranks, the word “program” gets used more and more to refer to the organizations. Chip Kelly does it quite a bit. I’m not sure I’ve heard a player say it until Chancellor though.

  18. znorseman,

    who called this a dream team? are there Hawk fans calling it a dream team? I didn’t think so. no, it’s the haters looking for an excuse to downplay just how well Pete and John have outmaneuvered every other team, except possibly Balt and The Whiners, over the last three years.

    Dream Teams were built around Vick. he’s not a Hawk. Dream teams were coached by the Walrus. Reid’s in KC, not Sea. Dream Teams gave out 4 and 5 year contracts to aging veterans. we traded for a 25 year old game changing wr. Antoine Winfield is the one aging veteran we signed and it was a one year 3 mil contract. ps: he’s not even a starter, but a nickelback on our team.

    so… if you want to copy other morons trying to hate out of fear, then please continue, but understand, educated football fans think you look like a fool.

    Go Hawks.

  19. Vernon davis isn’t very pleased with Bam Bam resigning… 5 more seasons having nightmares of Kam

  20. Um, Iknoweverything, put down the latte 12th women, only one team went 4-1-1 in the NFC West and it was not the Seahawks. They own nothing.

  21. As long as there is no suitable backup for Wilson the Hawks are nothing more than a house of cards.

    Trading away Flynn is providing for lots of goodies; however, if Wilson goes down, which at his size is a very real senario, not even smoke and mirrors will save the day.

    Much better to have kept the depth at QB in my estimation. Carrol does not deserve the paper accolades with the risk he is taking. Wilson
    Can expect to be targeted week in and week out based on Carrol’s asumptions.

  22. Schneider and Carroll have re-written the how-to book on franchise building. It doesn’t guarantee a championship, but it will be the model in the NFL, going forward.

    It’s as if they are playing 3D chess and the others are playing checkers. At this point, it’s hard to tell which organization is in 2nd place.

    As a Panthers fan, (who has close ties to R. Wilson) we’re near the bottom based on bad deals. Where is your team compared to the Seahawks?

  23. I laugh at those who say we are the next “dream team.” Notice it’s not the Hawks anointing themselves that unlike the Eagles. We sign our core players and Supplement, key word, through free agency. The Eagles put together a team of stars without a core in place. I hope the league is ready to be terrorized by Hawks. We are young, hungry and led by the best FO in football. You earn your spot on this team. Nothing is given. GO HAWKS. 12th MAN!!!

  24. melkipershero says:
    Apr 23, 2013 12:38 AM
    As a Rams fan the 49ers and Seahawks are going to have some great games this year

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    As a Seahawks fan, I think the Rams are going to give the Niners and Hawks some scary games.

  25. The draft won’t be terribly important for the Hawks this year, as the team is stocked with very talented players at every position. Essentially, free agency was our “draft”, in which the minor holes were filled.

    Chancellor is a key member of the “Legion of Boom”, and a team leader. With Bobby Wagner having such a sensational rookie season, and the other 3 men of the secondary all very solid, great players, its highly unlikely that any draftee would be able to find a starting slot in the secondary.

    It sure is nice to have a team to be confident in. The coaches, the D, the O, all coming together, making it a big change from the Flores-Erickson eras, when I’d often think “how much will we lose by this Sunday?”

    GO HAWKS!!!

  26. duncanthecat- You evidently didn’t pay close attention to Russell last season. While I grant you that there is always a “possibility” of injury in football, I don’t believe that you can make any kind of case for Wilson being “injury-prone”.

    For one he is compact and very thick through the core. (Unlike a lot of 6-foot plus QB’s who are rangy and in some cases thin). Secondly, he knows how to protect himself, is a great slider (his baseball training), and has great athleticism traits.

    He could just as easily have been a linebacker with his build and muscularity. Wilson is a total athlete who is willing to do whatever the situation calls for. He’s not an “easy sack”, as the SF pass rush found out the hard way, chasing him all over the field and mostly coming up empty.

    Three rushing touchdowns in one-half ain’t too shabby either.

  27. I laugh at people who say we’re the next ‘Dream Team’. Notice that most of our players are one year wonders. Russel Wilson is a tiny manlet and the THIRD best qb in his draft. We should start Brady Quinn.

    And now that Sherman is off his drugs he is going to be much less effective. Our team is basically in shambles and for some reason everybody chooses to ignore it.

  28. jimmyt says:
    Apr 23, 2013 7:56 AM
    Um, Iknoweverything, put down the latte 12th women, only one team went 4-1-1 in the NFC West and it was not the Seahawks. They own nothing.
    ———–
    This is my kind of smack talk. Good mix of smart, funny and truth

    I hope the Rams beat the 9ers twice and we sweep them but you Fisher prepares like crazy for these games. Smart coaching with good high value picks should mean the crown is ours or St. Louis for upcoming years.

    49ers are getting old with no value from their draft picks.

  29. I laugh at people who say we’re the next ‘Dream Team’. Notice that most of our players are one year wonders. Russel Wilson is a tiny manlet and the THIRD best qb in his draft. We should start Brady Quinn.

    And now that Sherman is off his drugs he is going to be much less effective. Our team is basically in shambles and for some reason everybody chooses to ignore it.
    ________________

    Curious, do you have any facts to back that up? most people don’t know this, but in his rookie year, Sherman had 4 interceptions in 8 games, so a one year wonder he is not.
    And let’s wait a little bit to sit our ROY candidate (and Pepsi Max ROY winner) QB for a first round bust, he did tie a rookie record for TD passes, and set a rookie record for passing yards in a playoff game.
    so, in conclusion, use facts. it will help you find some credibility.

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