Seattle safety Kam Chancellor may not be there when the Seahawks report to training camp.
Chancellor wants more money and has told the Seahawks he is strongly considering a holdout, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The 27-year-old Chancellor still has three seasons remaining on the contract he signed in 2013 and is scheduled to count $5.65 million against the Seahawks’ salary cap this year, so he wouldn’t appear at first blush to have a lot of leverage.
But he’s an important part of the league’s best defense, and he becomes even more important with the Seahawks’ secondary depleted by the shoulder injury suffered by Earl Thomas in the Super Bowl, an injury that may keep Thomas out at the start of the regular season. And the Seahawks showed last year with Marshawn Lynch that they’re willing to re-do a player’s deal if that’s what they need to do to get that player in camp.
So Chancellor might have a shot at a raise if he plays his cards right. And if he holds out for a significant period of time, the Seahawks will be scrambling at safety.