With the Seahawks prepared to face the Packers in Green Bay in a rematch of last year’s championship game, safety Kam Chancellor still appears no closer to joining the team. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, there has been no contact between the Seahawks and Chancellor’s agent since September 8, several days before the regular season got underway.
As Florio points out, it isn’t really a surprise that the two sides haven’t spoken recently, since the Seahawks have maintained that they aren’t interested in negotiating with the safety, who still has three years remaining on his contract. Entering into negotiations with Chancellor would be contradicting that stance.
Rand Getlin of the NFL Network (Twitter links) observes that it could be a big weekend for Chancellor and the Seahawks, since the Pro Bowler would lose a significant chunk of leverage if Seattle is able to pick up a road win against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. While I’m sure Chancellor isn’t rooting for his team to lose, he’s in an unusual position, since his best chance of winning the contract standoff will come if the Seahawks struggle without him.
Once Chancellor misses tomorrow’s game, the cost of his holdout will increase to north of $2MM.