The past 24 months have certainly been turbulent for the Seattle Seahawks, as Pete Carroll’s side are still haunted by Super Bowl XLIX and ‘the worst call in Superb Bowl history’.
Losing to Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round, the Seahawks are determined to create a path towards more glory this season and have made a major step in securing their ambitions by signing Kam Chancellor to a new three-year deal.
The new deal, worth $36m, comes two-years after the infamous contract stand-off that followed the Seahawks’ inaugural Super Bowl victory, which forced Carroll’s side to play without the man many believe to be the leader of the Legion of Boom.
Chancellor and his defensive team-mates Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett have all been secured for the long-term and Kam, now 29, has stated his desire to retire in Washington State. Speaking to the club’s official website, the Virginia Tech graduate said:
“I love this team. They gave me the first opportunity — the only opportunity — and I would love to retire here.”
A fifth-round draft pick in 2010, Chancellor was named captain in 2014 and is a crucial to the Seahawks. Whilst financial aspects of the deal were always going to be a sticking point, Carroll was always intent on keeping the strong safety within his side.
The Seahawks commence their pre-season campaign next week with a trip to the San Diego Chargers, before hosting the Vikings and then Chiefs, then travelling to tackle the Raiders in Oakland.