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Seahawks lock up Kam Chancellor to 4-year extension

4/22/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

While the rest of the free agency has ground to a near halt, the Seattle Seahawks proved they aren’t yet done making some big moves by signing safety Kam Chancellor to a four-year extension on Monday.
 
Kam Chancellor was previously slated to become a free agent at the end of the upcoming season. But now he will remain under contract with the Seattle Seahawks through 2017. The deal is reportedly worth $28 million, including $17 million in terms of guaranteed money.
 
The 25-year-old Kam Chancellor is the first player drafted by general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carrol, as well as the first of a slew of key young players acquired by the Seattle Seahawks in the later rounds to be awarded with an extension by the team.
 
The Seattle Seahawks made it clear that locking up Kam Chancellor was a top priority as the team moved towards bolstering its defense this offseason. The secondary improved dramatically as the Seattle Seahawks signed cornerback Antoine Winfield as well as defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril during free agency. The Seattle Seahawks also added a key offensive piece by first trading for and then signing former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin to a $67 million extension. But the Seattle Seahawks best players are still perhaps the Carroll/Schneider draft picks, with quarterback Russell Wilson, linebacker Bobby Wagner, cornerback Richard Sherman, as well as one of the NFL’s best safety pairings of Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas included in the group.
 
“This whole offseason has been about Kam and we wouldn’t have gotten into any other deals if we felt it was going to put his situation in jeopardy,” said John Schneider on Monday as the Seattle Seahawks confirmed the extension via a team release.
 
A former fifth-round pick, Kam Chancellor spent his rookie season playing behind All-Pro cornerback Lawyer Milloy, but showed such great improvement that the Seattle Seahawks started using him in the form of an extra defensive back as he racked up significant snaps towards the end of the 2010 season. Kam Chancellor slid into the starting spot after the Seattle Seahawks opted not to re-sign Lawyer Milloy, and finished the season with 97 tackles, four interceptions as well as 13 passes defensed, on his way to a Pro Bowl selection as a first-alternate.
 
Last season, Kam Chancellor finished second on the team with 101 tackles while deflecting four passes and recording one forced fumble in 16 starts.
 
After securing the first piece of puzzle to a scary backfield, the Seattle Seahawks could be looking to lock up cornerback Richard Sherman, left tackle Russell Okuno, safety Earl Thomas and a few other difference makers  to extensions over the next couple of years, to keep the unit together for little while longer.
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