‘Bam Bam’ is back: Kam Chancellor

Published: September 27, 2015

‘Bam Bam’ is back: Kam Chancellor, Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor is back for Sunday and for the balance of the 2015 season. Come 2016, the issues that sparked his lengthy holdout will return — especially if he reconfirms over the next 14 games plus postseason that he’s one of the best safeties in the game and one of the most important leaders in the locker room.

Once that point arrives, the Seahawks and Chancellor will have to work through some trust issues.

From Chancellor’s perspective, per a source with knowledge of his thinking, the team backed out of a verbal agreement struck in early August that would have pumped up his salary for 2016, citing a reluctance to set the precedent of revising a deal with three years remaining. But the team, from Chancellor’s perspective, later offered something less than the deal to which the two sides verbally agreed, which contradicted the desire to not set a new precedent.

So, basically, Chancellor initially concluded the team reneged. Then, he decided that the team was being disingenuous about its desire to not break new ground with Chancellor’s deal.

Chancellor also believes that, along the way, Seattle offered to proceed with a contract that was postdated for March 2016. The deal, if signed, would have been held until March and then filed with the league office, allowing the Seahawks to placate Chancellor without re-doing a contract that has three years left on it.

The Seahawks had no comment on the notion that a postdated deal was offered to Chancellor. A source with knowledge of the team’s position tells PFT that the Seahawks strongly deny the contention that a postdated deal was offered.

But as we’ve seen with the Seahawks, perception is often more important than reality. Many scoff, for example, at the idea that the Seahawks opted to pass and not to run at the end of the Super Bowl in order to prevent running back Marshawn Lynch from becoming the game’s MVP. But multiple Seahawks players (including Lynch) believed that — and some possibly still do.

Whatever the truth is regarding Chancellor, the Seahawks will need to find a way to rebuild trust if they truly want to keep him around over the long haul. Ultimately, they’ll likely need to address his contract after the 2015 season in order to avoid another potential holdout in 2016.

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