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This Week Outlook
Kam Chancellor exited Week 10 with a stinger and teammate Earl Thomas hinted that Chancellor would not be on the field for Week 11. When asked about missing Richard Sherman this week, Thomas said, "we’re going to miss Sherm and Kam."
The Seahawks defense has been plagued by the injuries this season and the likely loss of Chancellor isn't going to help against the Falcons. The team put Cliff Avril on IR after suffering a stinger a month ago so IDP owners will want to monitor Chancellor's status as it's possible this could extend beyond just one week. Season-long owners of the Seahawks defense may want to consider trading the unit if your league still allows trades.
Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider spoke to NFL media about Kam Chancellor's contract situation and said that he does "not expect Chancellor to hold out" in 2016.
Kam Chancellor is one of the league's most highly regarded safeties at his position. The six-year veteran played in 11 games with the Seahawks in 2015 and finished the season with 74 tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble and four pass deflections. Chancellor is a game-changing player who makes Seattle's defense more dangerous and will benefit from a full 16 game slate from the veteran defensive back.
Seattle Seahawks S Kam Chancellor had 19 tackles (seven solo tackles) on Sunday night as the Seahawks fell to the Arizona Cardinals by a score of 39-32.
Chancellor is a punishing force, but the only way a safety is going to chip in with 19 tackles is if the opposing offense is moving the ball with ease. That was the case on Sunday, as Carson Palmer threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns versus the "Legion of Boom".
Coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday of Chancellor that "He's not here, and he's not playing." Chancellor appears willing to sit out the entire season if his demands are not met, putting Dion Bailey in the starting role for the first time in his career.
Chancellor is one of the best safeties in the league, and generates tackles and turnovers impressively from a secondary position. Even more importantly, he is the perfect defensive counterpart to Earl Thomas, Bailey physically looks and moves similarly to Chancellor, but it is a lot to ask for him to immediately fill in, and the Seahawks are likely to struggle to replace him entirely
Neither Chancellor nor the Seahawks are budging on the safety's contract dispute, and while it seems unlikely, there are rumors that Chancellor could be traded if nothing changes soon.
Chancellor is one of the best players at his position in the league, but Seattle has been relatively clear about not adjusting deals until their final year. While a trade or Chancellor being cut both still seem unlikely, Chancellor seems willing to sit out this season and is a very high risk in IDP.