The Seattle Seahawks still have Kam Chancellor still holding out heading into the season and he could continue to sit as he waits for a new contract. The Seahawks just added Fred Jackson on a deal and he is a great fantasy football handcuff option with Marshawn Lynch for quarterback Russell Wilson on offense.
The Seahawks are coming into the season with some questions in the secondary at safety, as Chancellor is on the sidelines and Earl Thomas is coming off of surgery. According to the Seattle Times, Chancellor and the Seahawks have not come close to agreeing on anything and Chancellor could push his holdout into the regular season. Chancellor reportedly told the NFL Network that the deal "could have been over with" and that he is not asking for too much from the team.
Chancellor is in a tough situation, as he is 27 years old and still has a few years left on his contract and that is not the best position to be holding out in. Chancellor signed a five year deal at nearly $30 million in 2013 and he will be a free agent in 2018. Chancellor reportedly wants some of his money from 2017 pushed to now and the Seahawks clearly have not relented much on that all summer. The Seahawks likely do not want to set a "precedent" where a player can demand more money so early and that is why they may not meet Chancellor where he wants his money to be.
The Seahawks have Dion Bailey as the stand in for Chancellor and the team likely is expecting this to go on if Chancellor holds out past Week 1. NFL Network's Dan Hellie reports that the sides are "less than $1 million dollars apart" and that Chancellor is not looking for "new money," but wants some his future money now. Chancellor reportedly called the talks "petty" on the side of the Seahawks. Chancellor had 78 total tackles last season and one interception and he has been a stalwart for the secondary for the Seahawks over the past few years.
The Seahawks defense is hoping they can make up for Chancellor being out, while Fred Jackson comes in on the other side of the ball as the newest addition to the team. Jackson signed a one-year deal last week to join his former Buffalo teammate Marshawn Lynch in the backfield and he is expected to be a contributor for this team. The Seahawks traded Christine Michael and placed Robert Turbin on the injured list and that puts Jackson right in line behind Lynch.
Jackson rushed for just 525 yards last season for the Bills, but he put up over 1000 total yards and could be a solid option for fantasy owners as a handcuff for Lynch. Jackson is great as a receiver out of the backfield and he can really give Russell Wilson an outlet on passing plays when he is in there. Jackson had 66 catches last season for 501 yards and that could be one of his specialties with the Seahawks.