RENTON, Wash. -- It's hard enough for good teams to keep every key player in a salary-capped league like the NFL. It's even harder for good teams to keep every key player happy, a reality that Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin pointed to on Tuesday while talking about teammate Kam Chancellor's holdout.
Baldwin didn't take a side when asked whether he supports' Chancellor stance. But he said he understands where Chancellor's desire for greater compensation comes from.
"I support Kam Chancellor the person. I know what he stands for. I know that it's a difficult time both for the organization and for him. Gotta get through it," Baldwin said. "It's part of what this team is. It's the price of success. You have so much talent here, so many guy that want to get paid, that need to get paid. It's just the price of success."
Chancellor's holdout reached its 26th day on Tuesday, and there hasn't been any indication that either side is close to budging. Given the time it would take Chancellor -- or any player, for that matter -- to prepare for a regular-season game, his contract situation would likely need to be resolved within the next week if there's any chance of him playing in Seattle's opener on Sept. 13 at St. Louis.
Baldwin was asked whether he could imagine Chancellor -- Seattle's defensive captain last season and one of the team leaders -- missing a game that counts.
"Could I imagine it? I don't want to," Baldwin said.