Chris Spencer was the No. 1 draft choice of the Seattle Seahawks in 2005, coming in during the reign of Mike Holmgren. He became a starter the following year and the Seahawks won four NFC West division championships in his six years there, including 2010 under coach Pete Carroll.
The Seahawks thought enough of him to re-sign him in 2010. Then he abruptly found himself on the street at the end of this years lockout without what he considered as an explanation.
And it stung. Not even the two-year contract he signed with the Bears, worth potentially 6 million, makes that go away completely. So facing the Seahawks now has a little added to it.
I look at it as another game and obviously Im excited to play them because I was there for six years, Spencer said. The city of Seattle was good to me and the fans were good to me, so I have no ill will toward Seattle.
He cant say the same about Carroll and the organization.
Its unfortunate that I didnt get any explanation and you feel like you werent wanted because I didnt even get an offer, Spencer said Wednesday.
I knew I could play football. My thing is, if youre going one way, Im cool with that, but let me know which way youre going. Thats all I ask. If youre going this way, different direction, thats fine with me because I know this business and know how it is when new coaches come in.
If I dont fit with what youre looking for, just let me know what that is.
Carroll said Wednesday that the decision was to go young, and Spencer at age 29 apparently didnt fit as young.??
We knew we were going to make a commitment to go young up front, as we exemplified in the draft, Carroll said, alluding to Seattle investing its past two No. 1s in tackles Russell Okung and James Carpenter, now both on IR. So we just had to make those choices.
Big decision to be made as you transition into a new club. Chris is a great guy. We liked him and he played well for us and all that but we felt like we needed to move on and go younger and go with new guys, which weve shown you that weve done.