Though he’s choosing to stay away, Kam Chancellor is apparently still involved in the inner, daily workings of Seahawks practices during training camp.
His fill-in starter at strong safety during his week-old holdout, DeShawn Shead, says Chancellor has been reviewing films of the team’s practices and giving tips to him on how to play the position in the center of Seattle’s top-ranked defense.
“Oh, yeah, I get texts. He still watches all the film. He’s still tuned in to everything,” Shead said following today’s light, seventh camp practice here at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. “He will tell me ‘Shead, watch out for this. When you see this play you can play it faster.’ If I made a mistake on something he will tell me, let me know.
“So he is still very active.”
That suggests the ultra-popular team leader is not exactly estranged from the team during his holdout that is now eight days old and could be costing him fines up to $530,000, if the Seahawks choose to dock him for blowing off the first week of camp.
Wednesday, coach Pete Carroll’s tone changed to more urgency and frustration when he uncharacteristically said the holdout has become “an issue of concern, particularly for Kam” and that the team has to move along with or without him. That same day general manager John Schneider went on national radio reiterating the team has a policy of not re-doing contracts that still have more than one year remaining.
Chancellor’s has three years left, including this coming one for $4.55 million in base salary with $4.45 million of that guaranteed.
Shead is entering his fourth year; Seattle signed him as an undrafted free-agent cornerback out of Portland State in 2012. He started 2013 on the Seahawks’ practice squad then joined the active roster as a special-teams contributor in November 2013. He has been a cornerback, free safety and now strong safety for Seattle. He appeared in all 16 games last season and made his first career start for a banged-up Chancellor.
He, like many Seahawks, expect Chancellor to report to camp eventually this month. But Shead said that until then “this is his time.” In that regard, Shead is preparing mentally as if he will be starting when Seattle’s season begins Sept. 13 in St. Louis.
“First of all, there’s nobody like Kam Chancellor,” Shead said.
“That’s our brother. I’m going to hold it down for him and don’t let the level of play drop, keep the standard and keep the bar set high.”