It seems everyone is unhappy about their contracts among Seattle Seahawks players. While last season’s Super Bowl losers have been able to re-sign Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner, there’s still the Kam Chancellor and Michael Bennett problems to take care of.
Wilson, maybe the highest profile contract negotiation of the offseason in the NFL, agreed to terms with the team he has led to two consecutive Super Bowls, signing a four-year deal worth $87.6 million, although the most important factor for Wilson was the $61 million in guaranteed money, which includes a $31 million signing bonus, just like Ben Roethlisberger got from the Steelers last season.
Wagner, the middle linebacker who is another defensive player that’s been trying to improve his deal, got a four-year, $43 million contract from the Seahawks, which gives him the highest average salary for a middle linebacker in the league, although Wagner can play on the outside if necessary.
What about other issues? Kam Chancellor is holding out of training camp, angry that the Seahawks aren’t talking to him. He’s on a deal that takes him through the 2017 season. He signed a four year extension worth $28 million in 2013, but is unhappy with the money he’s making now compared to others in the league and on the team, which was bound to happen once the rookie deals of so many players reach expiring point at the same time.
The Seahawks don’t negotiate with players until it’s one year before the deal is over. Michael Bennett, another player who signed a deal not too long ago (16 months ago to be exact) and is already unhappy about it, isn’t holding out, but he’s making it known that he’s disappointed that the front office is ignoring him. He signed a four-year, $28.5 million deal in 2014.
In the middle of all this is Pete Carroll, who is trying to make his players feel like he’s on their side, but would obviously like to see this situation come to a quick resolvement and get everyone on the field, preferably motivated.