LEGION OF BOOM: Hawks’ Kam Chancellor holding out; Earl Thomas on PUP list
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Unhappy with his contract, defense end Michael Bennett decided to show and avoid the fines. Safety Kam Chancellor decided the best way to get his point across was to hold out.
And linebacker Bobby Wagner wants his contract extension done “now.”
While the Seattle Seahawks were celebrating Russell Wilson’s contract extension on Friday, there were a handful of players equally unhappy about their contract status.
Bennett and Wagner said they considered holding out but decided to show and avoid paying a fine of up to $30,000 per day.
Wagner’s rookie contract expires after this season, while Bennett feels he should be paid beyond the $28 million, four-year contract he signed in March 2014.
Chancellor is holding out, unhappy with his compensation for the contract he signed prior to the 2013 season.
Meanwhile, Seahawks All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas is starting training camp on the physically unable to perform, or PUP, list.
Thomas had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder during the offseason and was in uniform but just a spectator when the Seahawks opened training camp Friday.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll said the team is going to be patient in bringing Thomas back and would wait until it’s “safe and secure” for Thomas to be on the field. Carroll would not give a timeline on Thomas’ return.