The Seattle Seahawks open training camp on Thursday, and it would appear they might be missing at least one player. Ian Rapoport is reporting strong safety Kam Chancellor is looking for more money and has told the team he is strongly considering a camp holdout. Rapoport also said defensive end Michael Bennett is looking for more money, but is more likely to show up. Bennett has hinted at a potential holdout a couple times this offseason.
It is not surprising that players are wanting more money. That's the way of the business, and was inevitable for a team with as much talent as the Seahawks. This all comes as they are also trying to work out a deal with Russell Wilson to lock him up long term. He is on the last year of his rookie deal, and progress is debatable at this point.
The Seahawks secondary faces additional issues with Earl Thomas recovering from a torn labrum. Ed Werder initially reported earlier this offseason that Thomas could be looking at six to eight months for full recovery. Last week, Thomas told Werder he was unsure where things stood, and would learn more at his July 30th physical. He suggested though that his status for Week 1 of the regular season was uncertain. Ian Rapoport subsequently reported there was hope Thomas would be able to be active by the third or fourth preseason game, and get in shape quickly for Week 1. For now, we can expect Thomas to open camp on the PUP list.
The San Francisco 49ers have plenty of their own stuff to deal with, but the issues up north are interesting, to say the least. I imagine Thomas will be fine early enough in the regular season, so I am not putting too much into that. However, the contract issues are always interesting. Marshawn Lynch held out briefly last summer, but was able to work out a restructuring of his contract. The adjustment turned $1 million in roster bonuses and incentive into base salary, and added $500,000 in bonus money from 2015 into his 2014 base salary. They did not give him an overall raise, but effectively guaranteed his 2014 contract. We'll see if Chancellor and Bennett will look for something similar, or are looking for more.