RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor addressed remarks he made earlier this week during a radio interview about veteran players holding a players-only team meeting concerning the recent uptick in players violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
The Seahawks have had seven players test positive for performance enhancing drugs since 2011, the most in the league during that time.
Although he tested positive last season, cornerback Richard Sherman was not penalized because he won his appeal with the league due to a chain-of-custody issue.
"We just talked about making the same mistakes over and over," Chancellor told reporters Monday. "At some point in time, you've got to mature yourself and grow up. ... We've got to protect the team."
Cornerback Antoine Winfield, a 15-year veteran who joined Seattle in free agency, said Chancellor taking a more vocal role for Seattle is just part of the maturation process for the fourth-year pro out of Virginia Tech.
Chancellor, 25, just signed a five-year, $29 million contract extension earlier this month.
"I think in five minutes we have a meeting upstairs called by Kam to watch some film," Winfield said after practice Tuesday. "That's just the process. I know he just got a new contract, so he has to step it up."
Sherman said the bottom line for the Seahawks is to be responsible for your actions.
"Just be accountable," Sherman said. "All guys make their own decisions at the end of the day. They're all adults -- grown men who at the end of the day can do whatever they please. So he's just saying keep the best interest of the team at heart."
Seattle's issues with performance-enhancing drugs have garnered more attention nationally because they are one of the Super Bowl favorites heading into the upcoming season after finishing 30 seconds away from the NFC Championship game last season.
Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant is one of four players remaining from the roster Pete Carroll took over in January 2010, so Bryant recognizes that he and other veteran players will have to keep the rest of his teammates focused and humble.
Bryant said he remembers Seattle's four straight losing seasons, before they made a deep playoff run last year.
"It's definitely a different vibe," Bryant said. "Even when I'm in the grocery store in the community, more and more people recognize who you are. More and more people are excited about the season. And the expectations are a lot different from when I first got here in the league. And so that can be a great thing, or it can be a burden as well if you don't stay focused.
"All of our guys (who were) on the 4-12 team and on the 5-11 team, we all know what it took to get to this point. And so it's our job to continue to let the younger guys, the guys that we're counting on, know this is what you have to do. All that other stuff, that's for everybody else. We have to get back to the basics. And the basics are working hard, being accountable to your team and doing the little things."