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Impasse continues between Chancellor, Seahawks

Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor (

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) and strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) watch from the bench in the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. in Detroit. The Lions won 28-24. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya )


Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor continues to hold out for a new contract. The Seahawks continue to refuse to give him one.

Chancellor’s teammates continue to support Chancellor, and more importantly to place no pressure on him whatsoever.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was the latest player to say nothing that would put Chancellor in an awkward spot during a Wednesday session with reporters.

“I’m not sure,” Sherman said regarding whether the team is “wondering” about Chancellor. “I don’t think we’re wondering about anything. I think we’re focused on what we’re doing here and if they work something out with him that will be phenomenal and we’ll welcome him back with open arms. But if not, then we’ll focus on what we have here and continue to play.”

It’s looking like the “not” is winning.

“Both sides are digging their heels in,” Sherman said. “That’s how it goes when you have deals like this. He’s digging his heels in, they’re digging their heels in. I don’t know when it’s going to get resolved. I try to focus on what we control here and hope that it gets resolved.”

Sherman is right; neither side is budging, and there’s no apparent middle ground that would allow a win-win or at a minimum some face saving. As one league source put it earlier today, the Seahawks refuse to do anything to Chancellor’s contract. At this point, the only question is whether Chancellor will cave -- and then whether the Seahawks will waive all or part of daily fines in the amount of $30,000 per day.