Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor has told the team he's "strongly considering" a training camp holdout unless he gets a new deal, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. The Seahawks are a great team with great players, which means they're eventually going to have to pay all of those players if they want to keep them around.
Much of the offseason has been focused on the ongoing drama between the team and quarterback Russell Wilson, but Chancellor is arguably as important to the team's defense as Wilson is to the offense. At this stage, it's anybody's guess as to whether Chancellor will actually hold out. He signed a four-year extension in 2013, and is scheduled to make $4.55 million in 2015.
Unfortunately for Seattle, it doesn't stop there. Defensive end Michael Bennett has also been outspoken about wanting a new deal. Bennett is "mulling his options," but is a "better candidate to show up" to camp, according to Rapoport. The Seahawks will open camp on Friday.
Below, some more news and notes from around the NFL as training camps get underway:
Rodgers healthy, won't be limited in camp
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is healthy, and that means he's not going to miss any time in training camp. Head coach Mike McCarthy said that he has no plans to limit Rodgers' workload, despite his injury concerns over the past couple seasons and the fact that he's 31 years old, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.
McCarthy said that it's "not a concern as it will be when he's later in his career," and cited the fact that Rodgers is still in prime physical condition as a reason the Packers don't need to "protect him." Rodgers sustained a calf injury in Week 16 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. That injury took several months to recover from, but he's now at 100 percent. The previous year, Rodgers missed several games with a broken collarbone.
Conley leaves practice with injury
Kansas City Chiefs rookie wide receiver Chris Conley left Wednesday's practice session with a knee strain, according to Adam Teicher of ESPN. It's unclear what the severity of Conley's injury is, as the Chiefs are still evaluating. Conley was a third-round pick in this year's NFL Draft and is expected to compete for playing time and potentially even a starting role in three-wide sets. Any missed time at this stage would be a big deal for the young receiver.
The Chiefs didn't get a single touchdown out of a wide receiver last season, and the team added Jeremy Maclin to the mix to rectify that this season. Albert Wilson is taking up one of the other starting spots, but there's room behind both of those guys for Conley to shine, provided this injury isn't any kind of major setback.
Jones expects Mincey at camp
The Seahawks aren't the only team with holdout concerns. The Dallas Cowboys may not have Jeremy Mincey when training camp officially gets underway. Mincey is in the second year of a two-year deal and will make $1.5 million this season. He had an excellent 2014 season and now wants to get paid. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones took a hard line on Wednesday, however, saying that Mincey will be "fined accordingly" if he misses camp, according to Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News.
Dallas was dealing with a massive potential holdout throughout the offseason with wide receiver Dez Bryant, but managed to get him signed to a long-term extension before the July deadline. Mincey obviously doesn't have the pulling power of Bryant, but it should be a concern. Jones added that the Cowboys "expect all players under contract to be here," according to Sabin.
Packers addressing offseason arrests
Heading into training camp, the Green Bay Packers have to consider the suspensions of defensive linemen Letroy Guion and Datone Jones, and also the potential suspension of tight end Andrew Quarless. The latter is the more recent incident and the NFL has not issued punishment at this point. Quarless was arrested for allegedly firing two gunshots into the air on July 4, but he reported to camp on Wednesday.
Head coach Mike McCarthy said he had a "long conversation" with Quarless, and that both parties were disappointed in his mistake, as reported by Packer Report. That said, Quarless is at camp and is expected to earn the starting role at tight end. When asked about the issues with Guion and Jones, McCarthy said that the team looked at each case individually, and that all he can hope for at this stage is that they both learn from the mistakes and "try to move forward, whatever direction you decide to go," according to the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.
Houston cleared for camp
Chicago Bears outside linebacker Lamarr Houston has been cleared for the start of training camp, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. Houston was dealing with a knee injury and there was doubt as to whether he'd even be ready to play in Week 1. That's still not a guarantee, but the Bears will be taking things very slow with him throughout training camp. He's now expected to be ready for the regular season opener provided there are no setbacks in training camp. Houston is a big part of Chicago's defense, but recovery from a torn ACL is long and arduous. It's still a great sign to see him cleared for training camp this quickly.