One of the big topics of discussion for the Seattle Seahawks this offseason has been what the team will do in terms of retaining the offensive linemen from 2018 who are not under contract for 2019...."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections VideosCoffee and CigarettesGame AnalysisThe Numbers GameCigar ThoughtsThe OffseasonCap Classroom2019 Seahawks Free AgentsFalcons Ty Sambrailo has helped set the market for Seahawks tackle George FantNew Cortez Kennedy Jersey ,9commentsPSTShareTweetShareShareFalcons Ty Sambrailo has helped set the market for Seahawks tackle George FantKirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsOne of the big topics of discussion for the Seattle Seahawks this offseason has been what the team will do in terms of retaining the offensive linemen from 2018 who are not under contract for 2019. Both starting guards, J.R. Sweezy and D.J. Fluker, are set to be free agents once their contracts expire in March, and swing tackle George Fant is set to be a restricted free agent (RFA). As a restricted free agent, the team has multiple options when it comes to Fant, including whether to use a RFA tender, and if they do choose to use a RFA tender, what level of tender they can use. The team does not have to make a decision about tendering Fant until 4 p.m. New York time on Wednesday March 13, and I wrote about how much Fant could command on the free agent market back in January. Tuesday the Atlanta Falcons helped provide another data point on what Fant’s market price could be when the Falcons agreed to a three year, $18M contract with Ty Sambrailo. Originally a second round pick of the Denver Broncos in the 2015 draft, Sambrailo was horrible in 2015 and 2016 when he had a chance to see the field, and the Broncos traded him to Atlanta at the end of training camp in 2017 in exchange for a fifth round pick. Sambrailo was so bad in 2016 that he actually graded out worse as a second year tackle than Fant graded as a first year offensive lineman getting on the job training at the NFL level. In fact, Sambrailo is credited with allowing seven sacks in four starts as a second year tackle in 2016, while Fant was credited with allowing five sacks in ten starts. To summarize Womens Rasheem Green Jersey , Sambrailo was really bad. However, getting back to the contract Sambrailo signed, that is an APY of $6M, which is not all that far off from the $7.3M APY for which Chris Hubbard signed with the Cleveland Browns last offseason, and which I suggested was an accurate comp for Fant. Now we have another data point in the same ballpark, and so we can expand our comp table to include all three players. Here are their athletic profiles first.George Fant, Chris Hubbard and Ty Sambrailo athletic profilesEventFantHubbardSambrailoEventFantHubbardSambrailoAnd then moving on to their playing time and experience. George Fant, Chris Hubbard and Ty Sambrailo compared for experience and PFF GradeEventFantHubbardSambrailoEventFantHubbardSambrailoJust as with Hubbard, we the numbers show very similar experience in terms of starts and offensive snaps played, as well as PFF grades that are similar in the season before the player hit free agency. In short, the Sambrailo contract is about as good of a comp to Fant as one could hope to find, and it is largely in line with the contract that Hubbard signed last offseason. This is exactly the market I have been expecting to develop for Fant, and it is in line with the type of contract Donald Stephenson signed with the Denver Broncos in 2016 once adjusting for both cap increases and the increased salaries that offensive linemen have commanded in recent seasons. Accordingly, if the Seahawks don’t want another team to sign him Womens Jason Myers Jersey , then they are going to need to use the second round tender on him. If they feel that he might be just a one year bandaid as the swing tackle and that they would lose him in free agency in 2020 regardless of what tender they use this season, then they might let him go just to not have a roster spot used for a player they don’t expect to have around going forward. Thus, Fant’s market has been set, and now it’s up to the front office to show their cards in terms of whether or not Fant is seen as a potential long term solution. The Seattle Seahawks season has now been over for more than a month following their loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card game at AT&T Stadium, but even with free agency still more than a month away there are important offseason happenings going on. Specifically, today is a big day for Kam Chancellor and the salary cap situation for the Hawks for 2019, as former agent Joel Corry pointed out on Twitter. So, for everyone who has been claiming that the Hawks can save $8M on the 2019 salary cap by cutting Chancellor since that’s what it says on OverTheCap.com, today is the day that changes. Now, it will take OTC some time to update their numbers, but in the coming weeks they will most certainly update Chancellor’s contract to reflect the fact that this portion of his base salary is now fully guaranteed. Now, to head off the question that I am sure some will ask - if the money becomes fully guaranteed today, then why did the team not cut him before today? The answer to that rests in the simple fact that it’s irrelevant. The money that becomes fully guaranteed today - the $5.2M - is also guaranteed for injury, which means that in order to be able to cut Chancellor and recover that money Frank Clark Jersey Green , then he has to be able to pass a physical. If he cannot pass a physical, then since the money is guaranteed for injury releasing him would save absolutely nothing against the salary cap. And if Kam can pass a physical, then there’s no need to cut him because it means he’s healthy enough to play in 2019. There’s been absolutely no indication that he could pass a physical, and so there’s no reason to have any belief that we will be lucky enough to see him on the field for 2019. That said, my guess is that what we’re likely to see with Chancellor this season is a release sometime around the beginning of training camp. If he has not recovered by then, there is no reason to use a roster spot on him, and he will certainly be off the roster by the time Week 1 rolls around, otherwise the remaining $4.8M of his base salary will become fully guaranteed. Thus, while it is unpleasant to imagine, odds are that we will see the official release of Chancellor from the Hawks roster before we get to see another meaningful snap of Seahawks football. During his time in Seattle we got to witness fiery intensity, vicious hits and some absolutely phenomenal football. It’s hard to imagine that it’s already been fifteen months since we’ve seen him on the field, but sadly it appears that his career was indeed ended on a garbage time drive on the same field that took down the rest of the Legion of Boom.