Chancellor said that he has been willing to meet the Seahawks half way regarding his contractual demands, and is looking for some of his $6.8 million salary in 2017 to be moved to 2016, per NFL Media PR.
“At this point, they are not close at all but this can turn immediately,” said Ian Rapoport of the situation.
- Chancellor was not at practice on Wednesday and is expected to miss Sunday’s season opener, per Rapoport,
- Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said: “He’s not here, so he’s not playing,” per Rapoport.
ESPN’s Ed Werder reported on Tuesday that the Seahawks are planning as if Chancellor won’t play at all this season.
“I don’t think we’re going to have him at all this season,” one Seahawks’ player told Werder.
Chancellor will lose around 650,000 for each game he misses this season. However, there’s a chance that the two parties could bridge this gap in the coming days or weeks.
The problem for Seattle is that whatever they elect to do with Chancellor will set a precedent for players who are unhappy with their current deals.
“What they’re worried about is a precedent,” Rapoport said, via NFL.com. “… While Kam Chancellor rightfully so wants to be paid among the game’s highest-paid safeties, the Seahawks are now worried about will all the other players do the exact same thing when it’s their turn in a couple years.”
Chancellor, 27, still has another three years remaining on his five-year, $29.323 million contract that included $17 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries of $4.55 million (2015), $5.1 million (2016), and $6.8 million (2017).
In 2014, Chancellor appeared in 14 games and recorded 78 tackles, one interceptions, a forced fumble and six pass defenses for the Seahawks. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 20 safety out of 87 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding the Seahawks and Chancellor as the news is available.