I'm excited for this game.
I suspect Hutchinson will be in his prime.
Thursday, October 12th, 2006
by Judd Zulgad
The Vikingsâ€™ game at Seattle on Oct. 22 could be dubbed â€œThe Poison Pill Bowlâ€ considering the nasty offseason exchange by the teams that saw Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson leave the Seahawks to sign a deal with the Vikings. That contract, of course, contained so-called poison pills that made it financially prohibitive for Seattle to match the offer. The Seahawksâ€™ problem was that they had made the mistake of slapping the less-restrictive transition tag on Hutchinson.
The Seahawks fumed and responded by giving restricted free-agent receiver Nate Burleson the same-type of poison-pill deal to leave Minnesota.
NFL executives found nothing funny about this and vowed to fix it. Only problem is it doesnâ€™t look like they will. ESPNâ€™s John Clayton writes about the issue on his blog at http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?name=clayton_john#20061012
Sounds as if Vikings cap chief Rob Brzezinski will remain free to get creative with contracts.