This isn’t going to be an article slamming Kam Chancellor or a plea to have the Seahawks give in and pay him what he wants.
To clear up any misconceptions on how I feel about Kam, let me say this: He is my favorite player on the Seattle Seahawks. I’m not one that would normally buy a player’s jersey…but before last year’s Super Bowl, I purchased #31’s off NFL.com and have no regrets.
In 2013, Kam signed a 4 year deal worth over $28M dollars with a $5M signing bonus which, at that time, made him one of the highest-paid free safeties in the NFL. I was happy the Seahawks locked up one of the best defensive backs to play the game and is a huge fan favorite.
He is average salary is about $7M per year and is guaranteed $7.8M of the contract. When Earl Thomas signed his $40M contract, he became the highest paid in the NFL…and with other signings, Kam is now the 8th highest paid.
The crux of the dispute is mostly based on Chancellor’s style of play. We’ve all cheered his sacrifice of his body on some of the most devastating (and clean) hits he’s made on various players. Vernon Davis is still hearing bells after Kam’s hit on him in the 2014 NFC Championship Game.
I agree that Kam deserves to be paid more…but a contract was signed and he still has 3 years left on that contract. Did he expect that no other players would get higher salaries in the coming years?
Just because he feels the Seahawks can pay him more since the team doled out big contracts to Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and brought in Jimmy Graham? Is it all about him feeling that he’s been shafted?
Sorry Kam, for the dude who has the biggest pair on the field, in this case, I’m going to have to say “grow a pair” and get your butt back on the field. The team needs you…it needs your leadership and skills to stay as one of the elite defenses in the NFL.
Both you and Michael Bennett signed contracts that at the time, you both were very happy. But now because some of your teammates got more later, your pissed because you both feel you’ve been taken advantage of?
Damn, I wish I could be taken advantage of at $7M per year.
Dude, think about this: At the end of this contract, you will be 30 years old. I’m pretty sure that with this contract, you and your family are going to be fairly secure. I don’t see your name in the media breaking any laws nor have I ever heard your name for lavish spending…so I have to assume you are being smart with your money.
You will have at least one more big contract in your NFL career…it may be with the Seahawks or it may be with some other team but you will get paid…and probably way more that what you are asking for now.
End this dispute and honor the contract…get back on the field where you belong. Set aside your stubborn pride and show the Seahawks and your team just what kind of player you are…and what kind of man you are: I honor what I sign and what I say.
This doesn’t mean you’ve given in…it means that you came to the realization that this isn’t the time to do this. The Hawks have the upper hand Kam. They are ready and willing to move on without you. Are you ready to move on without them?
You understand that if you decide to sit the season, it means you could be sitting out for 3 years since the Hawks hold you under contract. Do you think after that any team would come near you? Out of football for 3 years and expect a huge contract? I don’t think so.
Coming back isn’t going to cause your teammates to lose their respect of you. You have earned that 10 time over just by your play and the type of man you are. You certainly won’t lose the respect of the fans…they want you back.
Kam, at this point, you are only hurting yourself.