Kam Chancellor's holdout entered its 26th day Tuesday and with just two more preseason games remaining and other NFC contenders absorbing significant injuries over the past days, the eyes of the NFL are increasingly turning back towards Seattle.
That is likely to spur plenty of speculation as to what might occur between the Seahawks and Chancellor. A particularly interesting article was penned by former Minnesota Vikings general manager and Tennessee Titans president Jeff Diamond, who likened Chancellor's holdout to one he experienced 22 years ago when offensive tackle Gary Zimmerman was dealt to the Broncos after a long holdout of his own.
The article, which can be read here, makes some sense. If Chancellor is unwilling to play and the Seahawks are unwilling (or unable) to budge financially, one possible solution would be for general managerJohn Schneider to ship the strong safety to another team, perhaps receiving draft picks or perhaps current player(s) to help immediately.
I don't doubt that Seattle would entertain the conversation if another team called about Chancellor. He's a terrific player in his prime and could fetch a decent return in trade. Diamond received fair value when he traded Zimmerman - a future Hall of Famer -- netting a first, second and sixth round pick for him. Teams are even more hesitant than ever to trade future draft picks in today's era, however.
Every indication I've received from the Seahawks is that they value Chancellor on and off the field too much to trade him unless that is the only option. Pete Carroll and John Schneider have each said as much publicly and some of his teammates still speak to him daily.
When Chancellor informed the Seahawks prior to training camp of his intention of holding out, sources tell me he that he said it could drag into the regular season, if necessary. I believe Chancellor is willing to stick to his belief that he deserves more money. I also believe the Seahawks are unlikely to budge. The club is less likely to do so with second-year pro Dion Bailey continuing to impress in Chancellor's absence.
Ultimately, this is a no-win situation for either side - which is why I anticipate that Chancellor and the Seahawks will come to some sort of a compromise near the regular season opener.