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Schneider says Chancellor extension was Seahawks top priority

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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, left, and general manager John Schneider, far right, pose for photos after announcing a four-year extension to the contract of safety Kam Chancellor, middle, during an NFL football news conference on Monday, April 22, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, John Lok)


The Seattle Seahawks have had a busy offseason adding pieces to an already strong roster.

A trade for Percy Harvin. The free agent signings of Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Antoine Winfield and Tony McDaniel. Yet, for Seahawks general manager John Schneider, the biggest move of the offseason came with the extension of safety Kam Chancellor on Monday.

Schneider said that any free agent signings they made this offseason would have been a bonus over the prospect of getting a long-term deal done with Chancellor.

"(Extending Chancellor) was our absolute number one priority, we talked about it for a long time,” Schneider said. "...This whole offseason from the get go has been about Kam, and we would’ve never got into any other deals if we felt it was going to put his situation in jeopardy.”

Seattle has been able to accomplish both. The trade of Matt Flynn to Oakland earlier this month freed up $11.5 million over the next two seasons for the Seahawks. While Seattle may still have been able to get a deal with Chancellor done with Flynn on the roster, a source said it would have been very unlikely the Seahawks would have been able to add Winfield without the additional cap space as well.

Chancellor was set to enter the final year of his rookie contract with the Seahawks. The new contract will keep him in Seattle through the 2017 season.

“They told me at the end of last season that they were going to take care of me because I was a core guy that works hard all of the time and led by example,” Chancellor said. “I just feel blessed right now. I feel like I am in a good situation, good spot, I’m glad I can put this behind me now and just concentrate on football and leading this program to a championship. That’s all we are about right now.”