Kam Chancellor has quickly gone from a fifth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft to becoming one of the most ferocious and top strong safeties in the NFL. Drafted with the 133rd pick overall by the Seattle Seahawks, Kam has appeared in a majority of games since his rookie season while also becoming a fan favorite.
His efforts on the field in his sophomore season – 2011 – saw him all the way to the 2012 Pro Bowl.
He racked up 101 tackles in 2012, the highest of his young career. A player who really can take opposing players off their feet (just ask Vernon Davis), Chancellor was also recently inked to a four-year extension (that starts counting after this season) by the Seahawks that gives him $28 million with $17 million guaranteed.
Clearly a player that Seattle hopes to retain for quite some time, Chancellor will see his role evolve in the coming months and apparently has already embraced what this new contract really means.
A New Role
Simply put, Chancellor will look to be the captain of one of the best, if not the best, secondary unit in the league.
Though he’s just heading into his fourth year with the Seahawks, he is one of the more veteran presences on the team and will need to step into the role as a leader. It apparently hasn’t taken him long to do so.
“The vets, we put a meeting together to talk to the guys about not making the same mistakes over and over,” said Chancellor in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio yesterday. “…we have to grow up and move past that.
That’s pretty much the message right now, growing up and now making the same mistakes over and over.”
Chancellor, of course, was talking about Bruce Irvin, who was recently received a four-game suspension after testing positive for PEDs. Irvin’s suspension only adds to a list of players on Seattle’s roster that have been suspended or tested positive for performance-enhancing substances.
This obviously reflects poorly on the organization, and Chancellor clearly wants something done about it.
I think it’s great that Chancellor is starting to step into this veteran role with the Seahawks. Still a young guy compared to other veterans on the team and in the league, the fourth-year strong safety has a clear grasp on what his new contract entitles.
Seattle will still need Chancellor to be a monster on the field. They’ll need him to captain that secondary while delivering huge, legal hits on Vernon Davis and the rest of the San Francisco 49ers for years to come. There’s no doubting that.
However, his brand new extension and raise also comes with the responsibility that he must lead his teammates off the field as well. He must step into the role of an educator with younger guys who may be caught up with being in the NFL. And from all indications, it looks like Chancellor is more than happy to do that.