John Schneider would not confirm whether he and Kam Chancellor came to some kind of agreement last week, but he did say the safety will remain with the Seahawks in 2016.
At the NFL meetings Tuesday in Florida, per ESPN, Schneider said, “He’s a Seahawk. Absolutely.”
Chancellor held out into the second week of the season last year, seeking an upgrade to his contract, and it seemed likely that the Seahawks would end up trading him this offseason to avoid more acrimony.
But the safety posted comments last Wednesday saying, “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”
Those comments came right after Martellus Bennett was traded from Chicago to New England, and a report out of Chicago over the weekend said the Seahawks were prepared to send Chancellor to the Bears for Bennett until Seattle “hammered things out” with the safety. On top of that, ESPN’s John Clayton suggested that Chancellor had apologized to the team and was now “100 percent in” again.
Asked about Chancellor’s comment that he was not going anywhere, Schneider hinted that something happened when he said, “There’s a lot of family things that stay in house. That’s one of them. I can’t speak more highly of a guy. It was a tough, tough thing for everybody to go through last year, so I’m glad he feels that way.”
Schneider’s comments basically confirm that something changed — whether the Seahawks made some kind of concession for Chancellor or whether he merely decided to drop his beef with the team and show his #Loyalty.
Now it just comes down to Chancellor mending broken fences with teammates (Earl Thomas clearly was upset with Chancellor last year, although he never said it directly) and fans who soured on him amid his ill-advised holdout.