Kam Chancellor gets new ink; Seahawks extend Pro Bowl safety

Seahawks extend Chancellor

When John Schneider and Pete Carroll arrived to the Seattle Seahawks, they showed the willingness to release any player who did not buy into the system they were implementing. Players such as LenDale White left the organization faster than the ink could dry on their contracts.

When the team started releasing veteran players, it became clear that nobody was safe from the chopping block.  Rumors of the players being on edge began to leak out of the locker room.

Fear is not such a bad thing.  The players who have been willing and able to stand up have stood up, while the rest have been shipped out.   

Those players who bought into the system were rewarded with new, lucrative contracts.  Marshawn Lynch, Brandon Mebane and Red Bryant all received multi-year deals with at least $9 million guaranteed.

Kam Chancellor will be in Seattle for a long time to come.

Kam Chancellor will be in Seattle for a long time to come.

Schneider has made no secret of the fact that the team wanted to get a long-term deal done with Kam Chancellor. On Monday, the team held a press conference to announce that they had extended Kam Chancellor‘s contact by four years, giving him $28 million in new money with $17 million guaranteed.

There is another $5.7 million available through incentives according to

This contract continues to show that the team will reward its core group of guys. Kam is the first Pete Carroll/John Schneider draft pick to extend with the team.

The Seahawks drafted Chancellor in the fifth round of the new front office’s first draft.  The two sides agreed to a four-year contract worth just over $2 million.  His signing bonus was $213,610.

Today they made the young, hard-hitting safety a very rich man. In fact, Chancellor’s guaranteed money ranks fifth among all NFL safeties.  The contract also makes Kam the highest paid strong safety in the NFL.

Personally, I think the Seahawks paid too much for him. 

He is a very good young player, but at times he finds himself out of position.  I like the fact that the team wrapped him up long term; nevertheless, I am unwilling to call him the best player at his position.  Even if he is, he definitely did not give the team a “home town discount.”  I feel that each player in the “Legion of Boom” had to take a bit less than market value to remain together.

Hopefully I am wrong, but as John Schneider said, “Today is Kam’s day.”

I am excited to see “Kam Bam” roaming the Seahawks’ secondary for years to come.  He will continue to strike fear in the hearts of every opposing receiver.  *Rumor has it that Vernon Davis has already requested a trade to a non divisional team.

*Okay, I made that last part up; but still. . .

If you wanted one, yet haven’t already bought your No. 31 Seahawks jersey, I would say you are pretty safe to buy it now.  Kam’s going to be in Seattle for a while.

Go Seahawks!


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