Wyman: Seahawks can make a statement by rewarding Michael Bennett and not Kam Chancellor

Jan 23, 2016, 5:34 PM | Updated: 5:38 pm
Michael Bennett earned his first Pro Bowl nod while Kam Chancellor was inconsistent in the 2015 sea...
Michael Bennett earned his first Pro Bowl nod while Kam Chancellor was inconsistent in the 2015 season. (AP)
(AP)

Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett and strong safety Kam Chancellor have a lot in common. Both are integral members of the Seahawks’ dominant defense, both are known for hard hits that sometimes send opposing players back to the sidelines, and – most importantly – both have expressed dissatisfaction with their current contracts.

With 17 unrestricted free agents and uncertainty looming around Marshawn Lynch’s future, Seahawks general manager John Schneider has a lot to consider this offseason. But if you ask Dave Wyman of 710 ESPN Seattle’s “Danny, Dave and Moore,” addressing the deals of Bennett and/or Chancellor will be his most important task.

Seahawks GM firm that Jimmy Graham will be back next season

“You can’t really separate those two,” said Wyman, a former Seahawks linebacker. “I think the second you do something with either one of those, the other one’s gonna want the same thing.”

Bennett and Chancellor each have two years left on their current contracts, and both made it known publicly before the 2015 campaign that they felt their deals fall short of what they believe they are worth. They did so in different ways, though, and it’s for that reason that Wyman believes Schneider has a chance to set an example if he decides to give one player a raise but not the other.

“If you really want to send a statement to everyone else, if he were to (restructure the contract of) Bennett and not Kam Chancellor, Michael Bennett showed up on time,” he said, referencing Chancellor’s holdout that lasted through the first two weeks of the regular season. “Yes, (Bennett) complained … (but) he was here, he showed up, he worked hard, and also he had a really good season. A really good season.”

That much is certainly true/ Bennett tied for 15th in the NFL with 10 sacks on his way to his first career Pro Bowl nod at the age of 30.

“Maybe they should do something, because I think he’s one of the premier defensive linemen in the league,” Wyman said.

As for Chancellor, 27, the 2015 season may have been his most inconsistent since he was drafted by Seattle in 2010. At the very least, it fell short of what Seahawks fans had grown accustomed to from the four-time Pro Bowler, which makes it hard to prioritize over Bennett after his career year.

“You look at Kam Chancellor … it wasn’t a Kam Chancellor-like season,” Wyman said, “and also he didn’t show up on time.”

You can hear the full conversation at the start of this podcast of “Danny, Dave and Moore.”

Wyman & Bob

Brent Stecker

Mariners Julio Rodríguez...
Brent Stecker

Sweep or not, Astros now know Mariners are coming for them

Sweeps don't get any closer than the Mariners' ALDS loss to the Astros, and there are signs the perennial AL West power knows it has company.
1 month ago
Mariners Cal Raleigh Julio Rodríguez...
Brent Stecker

How did Mariners make it this far? Same reason they could keep going

The same old Mariners are gone, and the reason they made it to the ALDS is the same reason they will have a chance against the Astros.
2 months ago
Mariners Cal Raleigh...
Brent Stecker

The Mariners found the perfect way to finally end the drought

There was only one path for the Mariners to get back to the playoffs, and two products of that path delivered Seattle's clinching victory.
2 months ago
Mariners J.P. Crawford Jarred Kelenic...
Brent Stecker

State of the Mariners: Where things stand with magic number at 2

The Mariners' magic number is down to two. We detail what that means, plus everything you need to know about the playoff race and the team.
2 months ago
Mariners Mitch Haniger...
Brent Stecker

Where Mariners’ quest for playoff spot stands after collapse in KC

How fans should be feeling about the Mariners' chances of ending their postseason drought in less than two weeks and how they are actually feeling right now are probably two different things.
2 months ago
Mariners Harry Ford...
Brent Stecker

Top Mariners prospect Harry Ford lights up WBC qualifiers

The season for the Modesto Nuts, the Mariners' Single-A affiliate, may have ended over a week ago, but one of the Nuts' best players is continuing to rake.
2 months ago
Wyman: Seahawks can make a statement by rewarding Michael Bennett and not Kam Chancellor