The futures of three Seahawks came into question again Wednesday amid a flurry of reports, making us wonder what the team is going to do with Kam Chancellor, Michael Bennett and Garry Gilliam after this season.
In an ESPN The Magazine piece, Chancellor talked about how his holdout affected the Legion of Boom (something we surmised throughout last season) and how he apologized to Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman for letting them down.
We always figured his holdout was motivated by his constant battle with injuries and desire to have as much financial security as possible, and he shed more light on that thought with this tidbit: He spent three days in the hospital with internal bleeding after the Seahawks’ 43-8 domination of Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII.
While that interview revealed more about Chancellor’s situation, Bennett’s agent sent a cryptic tweet Wednesday that might have referenced contract talks with the Seahawks. The “deal” also could have been some other business, but most think it meant he was talking with John Schneider again — as they reportedly did in July.
Both of Wednesday’s revelations raise the question again: What will the Hawks do with their two defensive leaders?
To recap, Bennett reportedly wants $14 million a year and Chancellor seems to want around $10 million. Those numbers would put both in the top five among their general positions (Chancellor is already in the top two or three among strong safeties).
The Seahawks will have plenty of cap space next year (per OverTheCap); it is just a matter of whether they want to commit to the players in 2018 and beyond. Big contracts like those, along with a potential extension for Jimmy Graham, would chew up a bunch of cap space starting in 2018.
While the Hawks seem likely to try to strike deals with Chancellor and Bennett, it doesn’t look like Gilliam is in the long-term plans. He has been benched for Bradley Sowell, which means the Hawks probably are not going to be interested in offering him a tender when he becomes a restricted free agent in March.
Could that lead to Breno Giacomini returning?
The Jets have not gotten enough out of Giacomini, who signed a four-year, $18 million deal with them in 2014. The Hawks want toughness at right tackle, and Giacomini certainly brought it in his 33 starts for them from 2011 to 2013. It would not be a surprise if the Hawks looked to bring the 31-year-old back if the Jets let him go and he does not get a big offer from another team.