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NFL Richard Sherman supports Kam Chancellor holdout

Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor is holding out for a new contract.

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After the Seattle Seahawks gave new contracts to quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner, safety Kam Chancellor wants to get paid too and he has the support of team-mate Richard Sherman.

Chancellor has still not reported to Seahawks NFL training camp while holding out for a new contract.

The two-time Pro Bowl safety is just two years into a four-year contract that will pay him $7.5 million this season, with $4.45 guaranteed. Chancellor is scheduled to receive guaranteed salaries of $5.1 million in 2016 and $6.8 million in 2017.

Despite not having Chancellor in camp, fellow Pro Bowler Sherman is not upset.

"He's taking a stand and I support him," Sherman told reporters on Sunday.

"Whenever you take a stand like this, you don't get a lot of support from the fans because of how the fans feel like about honouring contracts. But we understand this business."

Chancellor was a fifth-round draft pick out of Virginia Tech in 2010, but has blossomed into one of the league's best safeties.

The 27-year-old made 14 appearances last season, tallying 78 combined tackles, 18 assists and 52 yards.

"Man, we are losing our identity," linebacker K.J. Wright said via the Tacoma News Tribune. "We need him. He's our captain."

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