As it turns out, Kam Chancellor’s out-of-the-blue post the other day about staying in Seattle might not have been so out of the blue.
A report out of Chicago indicates the Bears and Seahawks were discussing a swap of Chancellor and tight end Martellus Bennett (brother of Seattle’s Michael) until Chancellor and the Seahawks reached some kind of agreement.
The report comes from a blogger who doesn’t usually break news, so it must be taken with a grain of salt until confirmed by recognized news sources.
However, it could well explain the timing of Chancellor’s comments 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 post was made not long after the Bears traded Bennett to New England on Wednesday, so the timing indicates the two could indeed be linked.
The alleged source for the Chicago report said the Seahawks declined the trade after they and Chancellor “hammered things out.” The question then would be: What kind of agreement did they come to? Did the Seahawks move some money from 2017 to 2016? Or did Chancellor simply agree to quit bugging the team about his pay this year?
As for the idea that the Seahawks were willing to add Bennett, it would make sense due to Jimmy Graham’s knee injury and uncertain return date. Bennett is due a little over $5 million this year, and that would have replaced Chancellor’s $5.1 million salary. That deal might also have given Michael Bennett incentive not to hold out over his own contract dissatisfaction.
The argument against such a deal making sense: Martellus Bennett wants more money, too, and the Seahawks probably would have had to make a choice between him and Graham next year. Would they want to trade Chancellor for a possible one-year rental?
If this report is true, we certainly will hear more about it soon. If it isn’t, we’re still going to hear more about Chancellor’s situation as the offseason progresses.