Kam Chancellor ends holdout but should he play week 3?

Seattle Seahawks are best known from their Super Bowl XLVIII season for their absolutely dominating defense led by a star studded cast of standout performers such as Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell, Earl Thomas, and the list goes on and on. Prior to this season, Kam Chancellor chose to holdout on training camp, the entire preseason, and the first two weeks of the regular season due to a contractual dispute. Kam, who has many accolades on his resume from a Super Bowl champion to a 3 time pro-bowler, is known to have some of the most grueling hits in the game. When you are facing the Seattle defense, you purposely look for number 31 before any other move. For the two weeks that he did not play this year, the Seahawks fell to both the St. Louis Rams and the Green Bay Packers respectively. Anyone who watched the first game saw that the play which sealed the Seahawks fate came from when the player in place of Chancellor, Dion Bailey, fell down and gave up a game-tying touchdown with less than a minute to go in regulation. There is no doubt that Kam is a staple of that defense, and without him in the lineup for the first two weeks it seemed as though the Seahawks could not get out of their own way to win the game.
The issue at hand for Kam is that he still has 3 years remaining on a contract that was signed and smiled upon in 2013. Currently, his contract has him set to make over 4 million dollars this season with an added 1 million coming from his signing bonus; over 5 million with an extra one million next season; and over six million with an extra 1.3 million in bonuses for the 2017 season. Arguments were made by Chancellor’s agent that essentially the star safety is underpaid for his dominating performance over the last two seasons and in some sense he has a point. Over the last two seasons Kam Chancellor has played in 30 regular season games, and has accrued a combined total of 177 tackles and assists along with 4 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles. The statistics do not lie, the Seahawks are 23-7 with him in the lineup since the start of 2013. A point can be made that Kam Chancellor is indeed worth more money because of his performance. However, it cannot be forgotten that this is the same All-Pro safety who signed a long term deal two years ago and was more than receptive to the then 5-year, $30 million deal with $17 million guaranteed. The question remains, do you play him on Sunday against the Chicago Bears, who are on their heels with backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen. If you are a fan in the win-now mentality, then you most certainly want him out there, but since when does selfishness, righteous or not, merit reward?

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