McMullen on the Eagles: Chancellor is No Fit in Philly
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Big names excite fans and they don't come any bigger than a 6-foot-3, 240-pound, three-time Pro Bowl strong safety.
Kam Chancellor's holdout in Seattle is both rare in today's NFL and intriguing to those far away from the Pacific Northwest with holes at the position.
The biggest suitor in a potential trade scenario for the king-sized, back-end defender is the safety-starved New York Giants but those 90 minutes down the Jersey Turnpike also salivate at the idea of having an intimidator in the defensive backfield for the first time since Brian Dawkins called Lincoln Financial Field home.
The plan is simple. Chancellor would slide in nicely next to Malcolm Jenkins at safety and enable Walter Thurmond to play on the slot as the nickel back, something he has excelled at in the past when he was teammates with Kam in Seattle.
But even if you forget that Seattle has no intention of trading the Virginia Tech product he's not a fit for what Chip Kelly and Bill Davis are trying to accomplish on defense here in Philadelphia.
Chancellor is an old-school thumper and the Eagles have been slowing moving toward interchangeable coverage safeties who can play in a single-high look and also drop down to the slot, hence the presence of former cornerbacks Jenkins and Thurmond in the starting lineup.
The theory is that having pieces to mix and match helps the defense against up-tempo play where substitutions are virtually non-existent.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday that the team has fielded calls regarding Chancellor, who has three years left on his deal, a reality that has Seattle resisting setting a very bad precedent by renegotiating.
Carroll also claimed he is prepared to move forward with undrafted free agent Dion Bailey if Chancellor continues to play hard ball and is willing to just walk away from $267,647 per game.
"There have been a couple phone calls from other teams, people just kind of wondering what's going on," Carroll said. "We really are not interested in talking to them about that, so we don't."
-John McMullen covers the NFL and the Eagles for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen