BY SPNW Staff 12:32PM 07/29/2015

Chancellor wants more cash, could hold out

Safety Kam Chancellor signed a four-year deal two years ago, but now wants a restructured deal. He is threatening to stay away from camp to force Seattle’s hand.

Kam Chancellor has threatened to hold out if he doesn’t receive more money. / Drew Sellers, Sportspress Northwest

Now Kam Chancellor is demanding more money. The Seahawks’ safety has informed the club that he is strongly considering a holdout, even though the 27-year-old, three-time Pro Bowler still has three years remaining on a contract that he signed prior to the start of the 2013 season. Teammate Michael Bennett has also threatened a holdout with two years remaining on his deal.

Chancellor’s demands were first reported by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Chancellor agreed to a four-year, $28 million extension two years ago that included a $5 million signing bonus. He earned $2.85 million in 2013, $4.725 million last year, and is scheduled to make a base salary of $4,550,000 and a incentive bonus of $100,000 this season.

Of the $28 million, $7,825,000 is guaranteed. Chancellor’s potential holdout is likely due to the fact that he has no guaranteed income after the end of the 2015 season. Chancellor is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

A key member of Seattle’s secondary, and more so with safety Earl Thomas probably out until after the start of the regular season with a shoulder injury suffered in the Super Bowl, Chancellor is slated to count $5.65 million against the Seahawks’ salary cap this year.

The Seahawks selected Chancellor in the fifth round of the 2010 draft. He has recorded 312 tackles and eight interceptions in five NFL seasons.

Bennett agreed to a $28.2 million deal before the 2014 season and is scheduled to make $5 million this season. The Seahawks are also trying to get a deal done with quarterback Russell Wilson, who has said he will postpone contract negotiations until after the 2015 season if he doesn’t get a deal prior to training camp. MLB Bobby Wagner is also eligible for a contract extension, but his negotiations have taken a back seat to the Wilson talks.

The Seahawks open camp Friday at the Virginia Mason Athletic Complex in Renton.


  • jafabian

    Downfall of being a champion. Everyone wants a piece of the pie and more. I read how Antoine Walker, who earned $108 million in a 10 year NBA career and filed for bankruptcy 2 years after retirement, spoke to the team recently about managing their money wisely. Wouldn’t surprise me if the message that some of them got was that they need to get as much money as possible rather than being smart about their finances.

    • whoKarez

      The thought crossed my mind when I first heard about kam wanting more money – could he have spent all his money, too?

      • art thiel

        Gotta be joking . . .

    • art thiel

      I think quite a few workers beyond the Seahawks seek to get as much money as possible, especially if they know the average career is less than four years.

  • ss

    When players say they understand the nfl is a business, what is it they think they understand?

    • art thiel

      They understand that the owners are out to get as much money as possible from fans. Take a look at the price on your ticket stub. Why should players be any different about getting more reward from owners?

      • Kevin Lynch

        The really big bounce owners get is the building of team worth. When they cash out and sell the club a percentage of their net gain should go back to the players who played for them and built that product. But that would be an unlikely nirvana for the players.

  • Kevin Lynch

    Here we go….

    • art thiel

      Where are we going? This is standard NFL stuff. Remember the Walter Jones holdouts?

      • Kevin Lynch

        I think this year will be different. There’s just a lot of animosity and anger out there now. You can feel it. A number of guys will not get full worth because of Russell’s contract. Hard to believe that isn’t going to cause some dissension.

  • John M

    I honestly thought Kam was too classy to do this . . .

    • art thiel

      Class has nothing to do with this.

  • sabasarge

    As a huge Seahawks fan going way back, I’m about done with these guys. Bennett, Chancellor, et al…… Does ones’ word, or signature on a contract not stand for anything anymore?
    When these guys start being willing to tear up their contract to take less money after a sub par season, then I might change my thinking.
    I think I can find another way to spend my Sundays.

    • John M

      Cannot disagree with your thinking. They know club policy and they signed a contract. If they say it’s a business, then they should know they have to honor their contract. The office weakened on Lynch and this is what happens. I would have preferred they let Lynch sit out and fine him . . .

      • art thiel

        Since it is about business, it sadly isn’t as much about honor as leverage. The players don’t have much, so this is embarrassing for Chancellor, since he can get nothing.

        Lynch was in the final year of his contract, and the Seahawks and other clubs make exceptions for a final-year rework. The Seahawks gave no new money, but guaranteed money that previously was not guaranteed. No precedent set.

        • John M

          Thanks, Art, I had forgotten Lynch was in the last year. Still, the players know better than we do where the Hawks are on the cap. Where do they think the money will come from? It puts both sides in an awkward position . . .

    • art thiel

      C’mon sarge. This is not an offense worthy of dismissal.

      You don’t have to like it, but it happens with every team, especially as successful as Seattle has been. Koufax and Drysdale did it in the 1960s. Nothing is unique or different about the Seahawks. If this bothers you, you should give up on all pro sports.

      • sabasarge

        Hate to say it Art, but I’m not that far from doing just that. I’m just really tired of the spoiled, entitled attitudes. But truth be told it’s just a reflection of the age we live in.
        You can talk Koufax and Drysdale all you want, and yep, I remember those instances…..but times were different and so were the athletes.
        I’m an old hockey player, and for the most part, those guys are still salt-of-the-earth types. There are exceptions, but I think I’ll just stick (no pun intended) with those guys.
        Guess I’m just gett’n old and cranky.