We would have wished Kam Chancellor a Happy 29th, but he blocked us on Twitter in 2015 amid his ridiculous holdout (because we called it what it was).
So, instead of saying “Happy Birthday” to the sensitive fellow, let’s use this occasion to address his future with the Seahawks.
Pete Carroll has made it clear they would like to re-sign the defense’s heartbeat. But the big questions: For how much and for how long?
Chancellor held out in 2015 because he knows his career has a short shelf life, considering his physical style of play. He has had surgery after almost every season he has played. He also revealed last year that he spent several days in the hospital after Super Bowl XLVIII.
This February, he underwent surgery on both ankles at the same time.
“Can you imagine that? I can’t even imagine that,” Carroll said at the NFL owners meetings. “He couldn’t even walk at all for a week or something, but he said, ‘It’s going to be the hardest way to do it, but it’ll be good for me.’ He had both ankles operated on on the same day. I think that’s crazy, but he did it. He’s a stud.”
Carroll also said the team “would love” to extend Chancellor. At what price, though?
Chancellor is entering the final year of a four-year, $28 million extension he signed in 2013. He is due $7.125 million in compensation, including $325,000 in total per-game roster bonuses.
He is thought to want at least $9 million a year, which would put him up with teammate Earl Thomas and five other NFL safeties in that range.
It’s a tricky deal because the Seahawks know his body is not going to last much longer — certainly no more than three seasons — so any deal will be done with that thought in mind.
He still has a lot of value as a leader, though, so it’s very possible the Hawks will offer him something like $24 million in a three-year extension — guaranteeing maybe $12 million, counting just $1.5 million in 2020 if he decides to retire or the team decides he is no longer helping past the age reflected on his No. 31 jersey.
The Seahawks reportedly are looking for a few more veterans: a backup quarterback, an offensive lineman, a pass rusher, a defensive tackle and maybe a wide receiver. With just $9.8 million in cap space left, they might be able to afford five guys at vet minimum salaries.
Possible QBs: Matt McGloin, T.J. Yates, Blaine Gabbert
Possible OL: Ryan Clady, Austin Pasztor, Nick Mangold, Jahri Evans, Will Beatty, Breno Giacomini
Possible DEs: Paul Kruger, Elvis Dumervil, Mario Williams
Possible DTs: Roy Miller, Tony McDaniel, Kendall Reyes
Possible WRs: Marquess Wilson, Andrew Hawkins, Victor Cruz
They also still might bring back Marcel Reece, Kelcie McCray and/or Mike Morgan.
The Seahawks probably will add a couple more vets before the April 27-29 draft. The week of the draft usually acts as a deadline for some players who want to make sure they have a team before the annual flood of 250-plus rookies.
The Seahawks’ offseason workout schedule was released Monday, a reminder that the Hawks are being punished again this year for “overworking” their guys in past offseasons. They have lost three days of OTAs, plus a fifth-round draft pick.
Their offseason training begins April 18, with voluntary OTA workouts May 30, June 1-2, June 5-6 and June 8-9. Mandatory minicamp is June 13-15.