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Kam Chancellor's unhappiness with his contract didn't magically disappear because he ended his ill-fated 54 day holdout. The issue is going to rear its head again, especially after Eric Berry signs a lucrative contract that dwarfs Chancellor's deal, whether it's in free agency or to remain with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Vikings are probably going to extend Harrison Smith's contract during the offseason. His new deal should be in the same neighborhood as Berry's. Chancellor will have two years worth $12.225 million remaining on the four-year, $28 million extension he signed in 2013, which made him one of the NFL's highest-paid strong safeties.
Addressing Chancellor's situation won't be as problematic as this season because a new precedent wouldn't be established. Seattle made some minor changes to Lynch's contract with two years remaining in 2014 where he received a $1 million raise for the season when he ended his eight-day holdout. The Seahawks were reportedly willing to move $3.1 million of Chancellor's $7,125,008 2017 salary to his 2016 contract year in which he is currently scheduled to make $5.1 million before Paul Allen, who is typically a hands-off owner, tabled discussions. Chancellor reportedly wanted to make $9 million in 2016. The Seahawks weren't interested in trading Chancellor during his holdout. It remains to be seen whether that changes if Chancellor insists on extension of his contract.
Larry Stone of The Seattle Times writes that it's time for the Seahawks to make their offensive line a priority:
But the very fact they have such a strong, young core returning makes it even more important for them to shore up their primary weakness. Little mystery about that. It’s an offensive line that killed the Seahawks early in the season and then was exploited big time in their NFC divisional playoff defeat against the Carolina Panthers.
Unless you’re the New England Patriots, the window of opportunity in the NFL can close awfully fast. The Seahawks need to maximize the privileged time they have now with a dynamic young quarterback and the nucleus of a dominant defense.
Lynch could opt to hang ’em up, too, rather than play a 10th NFL season, whether it would be in Seattle or elsewhere. If this was it for him as a Seahawk, it was an unceremonious end to an entertaining stretch.
“I’ve never seen someone play that position the way he did, personally,” said Seattle WR Jermaine Kearse. “I think there’s no one quite like Marshawn.”