Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor signs his extension with the team.
photo courtesy @Kam_Chancellor
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - The Seattle Seahawks have spent most of the offseason adding pieces to their roster. Monday they took care of one of their own.
S Kam Chancellor signed a four-year extension with the Seahawks on Monday that will carry through the 2017 season. Chancellor is the first draft pick of the Pete Carroll and John Schneider era to sign a lucrative extension with the team. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the deal is worth $28 million with $17 million guaranteed.
"(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."
Chancellor was set to enter the final year of his rookie contract this fall. He had earned a bump in pay due to his performance the last two seasons. How the deal is structured remains to be seen but he's taken care of for the next several seasons.
"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."
Chancellor was the first key "home grown" cog to come up for a contract extension. As a fifth round pick, Chancellor had greatly outplayed his rookie contract. QB Russell Wilson and CB Richard Sherman are ineligible for re-negotiation per rules of the new league collective bargaining agreement. S Earl Thomas and T Russell Okung still have multiple years left on their rookie contracts and signed bigger deals before the new CBA limited the rookie money pool.
"We’ve set this program, John and I, in motion a few years back with the thought that we’d get to the day where it would be obvious that we would make statements about the players that have been so good, and that we love, and guys that have been in our program, and Kam is one of those guys," Carroll said.
"John has done a great job in that to get this thing organized so that we can make these steps and make these statements about what we think about our team and the players on it. We’re all fired up for Kam, congratulations to him and his big day."