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Kam Chancellor’s restructured contract gives Seahawks option to add another veteran before 2017

August 11th, 2017 at 11:21 AM
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As the details of Kam Chancellor’s recent contract extension emerged this week, most observers focused on the later years of the deal and what that means for the likelihood Chancellor finishes out its entire length with the Seattle Seahawks. Our own John Gilbert highlighted the form of the new signing bonus to make another point about the special signal the contract may send to future players tempted to hold out like Chancellor did at the beginning of 2015. But while Gilbert added the remainder of the reworked details “are pretty straightforward and do not need yet another analysis added into the countless which have already been authored”, I want to focus on an aspect of the deal that hasn’t got as much attention.

Others including HawkBlogger’s Evan Hill have already pointed out the extended contract lowers Chancellor’s 2017 cap hold from more than $8 million to a little less than $6.75 million, reducing the safety’s base salary this year by more than half while making up for it with the new bonus. So beside adding future flexibility by backloading the deal, the arrangement also grants John Schneider a little extra wiggle room right nowâ??in case Seattle decides to shore up its 2017 roster with another veteran costing a few million dollars this year.

Before 2016, as you recall, Seahawks aimed to add some competitive pressure and veteran tutelage into its patchwork offensive line mix by signing former New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evansâ??for a figure ($1.1 million) that would fit nicely inside the remainder freed up by Chancellor’s extension. You also know how that turned out: Seattle let Evans go after the preseason opting to roll with its young coreâ??a tenuous situation that was immediately exacerbated when Germain Ifedi, the rookie playing exactly Evans’s position, sprained his ankle the practice before Seattle’s first game.

There’s no way the Seahawks front office could have predicted that turn, and there’s also no telling how keeping Evans might have disrupted the long plan in Seattle; it looks easy to say now that swapping Evans for J’Marcus Webb would have been an upgrade and the obvious move (Evans went back to New Orleans and started …

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