The Seattle Seahawks sound as though they're feeling the impact of Kam Chancellor's absence as the strong safety's holdout extends into the regular season.
Seattle was defeated 34-31 in overtime by the St. Louis Rams in Week 1, when Chancellor's replacement, Dion Bailey, slipped with under a minute remaining, allowing Lance Kendricks to score the game-tying touchdown.
Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett sounded off about Chancellor's impact on the club Thursday.
"We miss Kam Chancellor, not just the way that he plays, but the way that he approaches the game, his leadership," Bennett told ESPN's Sheil Kapadia. "Even though Kam Chancellor wasn't in the game, we had multiple chances of winning that game. I wonder, would the conversation be the same if we won the game? Would people be saying, 'Hey, they don't need Kam Chancellor'? And so it's all about the wins and losses in this league."
Chancellor was the first of the Seahawks' core players to receive an extension, but is demanding more money for the 2015 season. The Seahawks star was slated to earn $4.2 million in base salary for the 2015 campaign, and is under contract through the 2017 season.
"At the end of the day, my situation's different than his," Bennett said. "I've got three kids. I've got a wife. My wife wouldn't let me hold out, so I had to come to work. And his situation's different from mine. I respect what he's doing, but I know he respects what I'm doing, too."
Arguably the league's most devastating hitter in the open field, Chancellor could potentially receive a massive extension if the Seahawks continue to struggle. With the high-octane Green Bay Packers offense on deck for Week 2, the Seahawks will need to find a way to cope without their Pro Bowl safety.