Either Kam Chancellor is planning to play nice with the Seahawks this year or he is starting up a PR campaign.
How else do you explain the post Wednesday in which he said, “I’m not going anywhere. Seattle is my second home. I don’t plan on going anywhere unless some higher power places me elsewhere. #Loyalty #12s #LOB”
That clearly is a response to speculation that he might be traded this offseason — the logical assumption after he held out through the first two games last season and then appeared to play it safe after he came back (how many Bam Bam hits do you remember?).
Chancellor obviously is speaking to fans, perhaps trying to win back some of those who soured on him after his 2015 shenanigans. And he also is trying to absolve himself of any blame if the Seahawks — “some higher power” — do end up trading him.
But let’s get one thing straight: If the Seahawks do end up trading him, as many of us think they will, he will be the one to blame.
He ridiculously decided to try to force the Seahawks into redoing his contract with three years remaining. And then he called the team “petty” when he said the Seahawks were $900,000 shy of his request to move $4 million from 2017 to 2016 — they agreed to move $3.1 million, but they were petty? After that, owner Paul Allen made a very rare move, reportedly stepping in and ending all negotiations.
Chancellor came back in time for the third game and preserved the victory over Detroit the next week. He did little else all season, though — making the Pro Bowl on reputation.
Asked how he did during the season, John Schneider and Pete Carroll basically said, “He made it through.” Not much of an endorsement, eh? Both said the team would focus on free agents before considering doing anything with the contracts of Chancellor or Michael Bennett.
“Really, the guys who are under contract can’t be the first-priority guys right now, in any order,” Carroll said at the Combine last month. “We love Kam and Mike … and we are going to do all we can to make sure they can stay with us.”
To hear Chancellor tell it, it sounds like they tried doing all they could last year and he declined over a mere $900,000. So why would anyone think it will be any different this year? He’s still upset that he is not among the top-paid safeties, even though he remains among the top-paid strong safeties. And the Seahawks have no reason to acquiesce after what he pulled.
If the Seahawks don’t trade Chancellor, it will be because they think he is going to be — to quote a Seahawks mantra — “all in.”
His post Wednesday makes it seem like he will be. But it won’t be a surprise if he’s not with the Seahawks next season — even if he says he isn’t going anywhere.