Besides the preseason leakage on the offensive line, the Seahawks' biggest question entering Week 1 of the season is arguably the status of Kam Chancellor.
The three-time Pro Bowl safety has held out with hopes of obtaining a new contract, and has been firm on not returning until the Seahawks give him one.
With time winding down until the regular season, and no word on contract talks, one has to wonder if Chancellor would hold out the entire season...
“From what I know of the situation, yeah,” former Seahawks fullback and current analyst Michael Robinson told NFL Network in late August. “He’s dug in. [Chancellor] really feels that they have the ability to pay him.”
Robinson confirmed that he has spoken to Chancellor about the situation. He was also involved when talks about Marshawn Lynch's contract grew tense within the organization.
Having played with Chancellor, Robinson understands his importance to the Seahawks, and even lobbied for a new deal.
“Kam is not only a leader on this defense, he’s a team leader.
"He’s a guy that he can go to and be able to talk to a guy like Marshawn [Lynch], be able to talk to a guy on the offensive side of the ball to get him straight. He is everything to this team. I know there are guys out there making plays for the Seahawks right now, but nobody’s Kam Chancellor. Nobody sets the tone physically like Kam Chancellor. . .He is the boom to the Legion of Boom.”
Chancellor, 27, was a fifth-round pick by the Seahawks in 2010 out of Virginia Tech. He became a starter in his second season with the team and blossomed into one of the NFL's elite players at his respective position.
The strong safety has recorded 440 total tackles, two sacks, six forced fumbles, 36 pass deflections and eight interceptions over his five-year career.
Chancellor is currently signed through 2017 on a four-year, $28 million deal. He has the eighth-highest average salary for safeties at $7,003,000.
Teammate Earl Thomas is currently the highest-paid safety in the league, averaging $10 million per year.