Chancellor makes statement by holding out

Prior to the start of training camp the Seahawks' All-Pro strong safety warned that he may stage a holdout to demonstrate his dissatisfaction with his current deal. Will Chancellor's holdout work? How long might his holdout last? Does he have a legitimate gripe?

Though training camp doesn't officially begin until Friday, the Seahawks received their first bit of disappointing news Thursday when Pro Bowl strong safety Kam Chancellor backed up recent warnings that he was dissatisfied with his current contract by not reporting to camp.

Ultimately, Chancellor's absence is likely symbolic in nature and meant to catch the attention of John Schneider and Co. Losing $30,000 a day in holdout penalties should keep Chancellor from being out of camp for too long.

According to Spotrac, Chancellor is due 4.55 million in 2015 with it jumping to 5.1 million in 2016 and 6.8 million in 2017.

All of the guaranteed money as part of his current contract will be paid out by the end of this year and that is likely the point of Chancellor's holdout. He likely realizes that as his contract expands, he's among the Seahawks who could conceivably be on the chopping block (or at least the restructuring block) as Seattle gets closer to the salary cap with negotiations with Russell Wilson and 32 other anticipated free agents following this season.

Chancellor deserves a raise as he's a terrific player. He isn't really in a position of leverage, however, as he two more years after this on his deal and plays a position that Pete Carroll has historically been able to find top notch players relatively easily. Top Stories