Seahawks sign safety Kam Chancellor to contract extension

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RENTON -- Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor signed a reported three-year contract extension ahead of the third practice of training camp on Tuesday.

The two sides had said in recent days they were hopeful a deal would get done and that significant progress had been made toward an agreement. The deal finally came to its completion early Tuesday morning.

"I'm so proud for us to be able to do this today," head coach Pete Carroll said after practice. " ... This is really the kind of things that you want to do. This is a great kid. He's a great leader. He's a tough guy. He's a heart and soul guy. He's a fifth round draft pick that broke all the way through from that and became a great football player and leader in our program and for us to have the chance to come together at this time, right in the middle and the heart of his career, to be able to reward him like this is really something special.

"It was the right thing to do. It was a good thing to do. It was a hard thing to do at this time. It was hard for us with these negotiations and stuff but it's the right thing and we had to work our way through it and we did."

The deal is a three-year extension worth $36 million with $25 million guaranteed, according to Chancellor's agent Alvin Keels. The deal extends Chancellor's contract through the 2020 season. The agreement was first reported by Josina Anderson of

"It's a big relief," Chancellor said. "I don't have to come up here again and talk about it. It's already done and I don't have to talk about it anywhere else. It's set in stone and I can just focus on ball and capturing that Super Bowl ring again."

Chancellor held out through all of training camp and missed the first two regular season games in 2015 in an effort to leverage a new contract from the Seahawks. However, the team was not going to entertain the idea of reworking a contract that still had three seasons remaining.

Defensive end Michael Bennett was also displeased with his contract at the time but elected to continue to work despite his desire for a new deal. He eventually signed a three-year extension with the team in December. Now it was Chancellor's turn to get a new deal completed.

"I don't think the relationship ever fell off," Chancellor said. "It was just a process. Everything has a process and what happened in the past was the past. I put that behind me two years ago and I was ready to work and we're here today back to where we started, both sides in a great agreement. Bygones be bygones, you know. Ready to play football.

"It worked out great."

Reshad Jones of the Miami Dolphins signed a four-year extension this offseason worth an average of $12 million a season. That figure was likely the ballpark Chancellor was seeking in a new deal.

While the deal has not been made public in its entirety yet, a new signing bonus for Chancellor would add some money to this year's salary cap for Seattle. The Seahawks had just under $9.5 million in cap space on Tuesday before Chancellor's deal, according to the NFL Players' Association database.

"We worked our way through it and made sense of it and he's been better for it, we've been better for it even though it was a really hard thing," Carroll said. "... When you really care about people and they mean a lot to you, you're able to work through anything and we did."

News & Notes:

-- Defensive tackle Malik McDowell has made it to the Seattle area and is expected to report to the team today after an ATV accident in the past few weeks left him with a concussion and facial injuries. Head coach Pete Carroll said he had not yet met with McDowell as of the conclusion of practice on Tuesday.

"We're really anxious to really let everybody see him and take care of him and look after him and find out really first-hand," Carroll said. "Everything has been through communications with doctors at the other end, which has been in-depth, but we'll get to see him an do all the stuff and figure out what it all means right now."

Our story from Sunday has the full background on McDowell's situation.

-- Running back C.J. Prosise returned to practice on Tuesday after missing the first two days of camp due to illness.

"He had a really bad stomach thing, something he ate, and it just didn't sit well with him," Carroll said. "The first day he was really sick and he was recovering yesterday. He got work today. When we come back (on Thursday), he'll be full-go."

-- Rookie tackle Justin Senior is dealing with a knee issue that didn't resolve itself over the offseason and kept him from being able to pass a physical. He remains on the PUP list.

--Tuesday's practice was the first day the team could be in pads, though shoulder pads only.

Running back Thomas Rawls got into a scuffle with linebacker K.J. Wright at one point during 9-on-7 rushing drills. Defensive end Frank Clark and tackle Luke Joeckel also had a tiff during drills.

-- Cornerback Neiko Thorpe is getting most of the first-team cornerback reps when the team utilizes its nickel package. Richard Sherman and Jeremy Lane appears to be the top two cornerbacks with Lane moving inside over the slot when the team adds a fifth defensive back to the field.

-- The offensive line is a revolving door at this point. The team is mixing and matches linemen through all the units and positions in the first few days of camp. There's no way of drawing any conclusions based on the rotations seen so far.

Luke Joeckel has been at left tackle and left guard. Oday Aboushi and Mark Glowinski have split time at right guard. Joeckel, Rees Odhiambo and Jordan Roos have alternated at left guard, and Germain Ifedi, Ethan Pocic and Robert Myers have rotated at right tackle.

And that's just some of the shuffling so far. It seems there will be some time to go before the team settles in on a grouping of five to move forward with.

Photo Credit: SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Strong safety Kam Chancellor #31 of the  Seattle Seahawks reacts after a defensive stop against the Chicago Bears  at CenturyLink Field on September 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.   (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images). 

Photo No. 2: Strong safety Kam Chancellor speaks to the media after practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center on August 1, 2017 to discuss his contract extension with the Seahawks (photo by Curtis Crabtree/Sports Radio 950 KJR)

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