If the words “I’m not going anywhere” on social media weren’t enough proof that Kam Chancellor still wants to be a Seahawk, how does the phrase “the past is the past” sound?
After holding out last summer and missing the first two games of the 2015 season, all signs this offseason have pointed to a reconciliation between Seahawks team officials and the Pro Bowl strong safety. Besides Chancellor’s Instagram declaration, Seahawks’ general manager John Schneider said earlier this month that Chancellor would “absolutely” be with the team in 2016.
A recent interview with The Seattle Times seems to underscore that point. Chancellor seemed at peace when asked what he learned from the holdout and whether he’d change anything if he could do it all again.
“I learned that I’m a leader, that God put me on this earth to be a leader for my team, and the past is the past, and I’m here to lead my team to do exactly what I was created to do – nothing more, nothing less,” he told the Times. “I’m here to be the kind of man that helps pull through adversity for my teammates. The big brother, the leader, the captain, and that’s all I’m here to do and that’s what my vision is focused on right now.”
Chancellor, who turned 28 Sunday, has started 72 games in six seasons with the Seahawks. When asked about the Seahawks’ chances next season after key subtractions from the roster, including standbys Marshawn Lynch and Russell Okung, Chancellor noted that “The NFL is a business I can’t really control.”
“People are moving to other teams and taking care of their families, as well,” he told the Times. “They have to take care of themselves as well. That’s an issue that doesn’t really affect us … they are in a position to take care of their family and themselves. Our future depends on us, the people who are in the building to move forward. It’s not one individual that can change anything. It’s about us moving forward together, understanding that we have to have one message and one heartbeat.”