It probably should be no surprise that Kam Chancellor reportedly has joined the chorus of Seahawks wanting more money, but John Schneider has to be simultaneously laughing and crying over yet another request for a raise.
As if Schneider and contract dealer Matt Thomas don’t have enough going on …
So, why is Chancellor unhappy? Since he signed his four-year, $28 million deal in 2013, four safeties have come along and trumped his $7 million annual average. That includes his own Legion of Boom sidekick, Earl Thomas, who makes $10 million a year.
Chancellor has gone from fourth in annual value among safeties to eighth, with Devin McCourty ($9.5 million), Jairus Byrd ($9 million), Eric Berry ($8.34 million), Dashon Goldson ($8.25 million), Eric Weddle ($8 million) and Reshad Jones (just over $7 million) trumping him.
Like Michael Bennett, Chancellor apparently is upset that his deal has been surpassed by the market. And, like Bennett, Chancellor must know that is how it works and there is almost no chance the Hawks are going to adjust his deal this year.
Chancellor has been paid about $12.5 million the past two years and is due $4.55 million in 2015, $5.1 million in 2016 and $7.125 million in 2017.
The Hawks might consider shuffling some money around next year. But Schneider and Thomas have too many other more pressing matters — Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner, Russell Okung, Bruce Irvin, J.R. Sweezy — to drop everything for guys with at least two years left on their deals.
If Chancellor wants to join Bennett in extending his summer vacation for another couple of weeks, no big deal. Pete Carroll knows they will arrive in time to get ready for the season opener against the Rams and will help lead the Hawks to another Super Bowl win.