Seattle has signed star hard-hitting safety Kam Chancellor to a three-year contract extension on Tuesday. Chancellor was due to be a free agent at the end of the 2017 season. The deal will pay Chancellor $36 for the next three years. According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, $25 million of the deal is guaranteed.
Chancellor has had problems with the Seahawks over his contract for the past couple of years. In 2015, Chancellor was looking for a new deal before camp started. But the Seahawks relented, which caused Chancellor to hold out. His holdout lasted all the way into Week 2 of the regular season. The Seahawks were 0-2 without him, but finished the season 10-4 after Chancellor returned.
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Chancellor did not miss a beat after he returned in 2015. He had a combined 72 tackles, four passes defended, two interceptions and one forced fumble. In 2016, Chancellor had an even better year, with 83 combined tackles, two interceptions, eight passes defended and a forced fumble.
On June 6, star defensive lineman Michael Bennett tweeted that Chancellor deserves to be paid.
With this deal, the Seahawks now have committed $123 million in guaranteed money to their secondary. That is the largest in the NFL, with the Arizona Cardinals second in the league with $32 million less than Seattle.
Chancellor is a leader for the defense, so the Seahawks made it a priority to extend him past this season. This locks up the Legion of Boom for the next two years, as Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas are both due to become free agents after the 2018 season.
The Seahawks have invested in their secondary heavily this offseason. Along with Chancellor, the Seahawks re-signed cornerback Deshawn Shead. They also signed Bradley McDougald, and drafted Shaquill Griffin, Tedric Thompson, Delano Hill and Michael Tyson in the draft.
With Chancellor being extended only days into camp, it allows him to play in 2017 without the pressure of a looming contract dispute. This deal is a best-case scenario for Chancellor and the Seahawks.