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    Arbitrator rules Vikings' offer sheet to Hutchinson valid!

    The NFL announced Monday afternoon that the Seattle Seahawks can't change a principal term of the offer sheet signed by All-Pro guard Steve Hutchinson with the Minnesota Vikings.
    The Seahawks have until 11 tonight CST to decide whether to match the offer sheet or allow Hutchinson to flee to the Vikings.

    The Seahawks produced a surprise this morning during a hearing to determine the future of Hutchinson.

    During a hearing in front of Stephen Burbank, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, the Seahawks did not argue the legality of a so-called "poison-pill" clause that would guarantee all of Hutchinson's $49 million offer sheet if he does not have the highest annual average salary of any offensive lineman on his team in 2006.

    Instead, the Seahawks revealed they had renegotiated the contract of left tackle Walter Jones, according to NFLPA General Counsel Richard Berthelsen, who represented Hutchinson at the hearing. Jones' contract now averages less than $7 million annually -- a move the Seahawks argued would allow them to match the offer sheet without triggering the clause. Jones' contract previously averaged $7.5 million a year.

    But Burbank decided that the changes the Seahawks were attempting to make would have changed a principal term of the offer sheet.

    The Seahawks instigated the dispute two days before they were required to match or pass on the Vikings' seven-year, $49 million offer sheet. The Seahawks were supposedly set to argue the legality of the so-called "poison pill" clause. If another player had a higher figure, the clause guarantees the entire $49 million contract, making it one of the richest deals in league history. The stipulation was inserted by Hutchinson's agent, Tom Condon, and agreed to by the Vikings, as a tool to prevent the Seahawks from matching the offer -- which is their right under the NFL's rules for transition players.

    The powerful 6-5, 313-pound Hutchinson, a two-time first-team All-Pro, and the agile 6-5, 315-pound Jones helped lead Seattle to a 13-3 record and Super Bowl XL this past season.

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    Re: Arbitrator rules Vikings' original offer sheet to Hutchinson

    Seattle is now ....ON THE CLOCK!!
    Theyve got till 11PM to match the offer or he is ours!!! :cheers:
    I used to be indecisive, now I m not so sure!

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    Re: Arbitrator rules Vikings' offer sheet to Hutchinson vali

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    Re: Arbitrator rules Vikings' original offer sheet to Hutchinson

    I think they will still match.
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    Re: Arbitrator rules Vikings' original offer sheet to Hutchinson

    This is Good News!!!

    Now for the bad news...

    We have to wait until 11pm to find out if he is going to be a Viking...

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    Re: Arbitrator rules Vikings' offer sheet to Hutchinson valid!

    Good, I couldn't wait to get the news to wait longer. Seriously, this is as good as we could have asked for......... for now. Doesn't seem like they'll match but stranger things have happened.

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    Re: Arbitrator rules Vikings' offer sheet to Hutchinson vali

    Sweet, he's ours the way it sounds. If im reading that right they cant restructure Jones contract so Hutch is the highest played player. Is that what im reading, if so...... :lol:

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    Re: Arbitrator rules Vikings' original offer sheet to Hutchi

    "DarrinNelsonguy" wrote:
    I think they will still match.
    ^ I hate to say it, but I agree with you.

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    Re: Arbitrator rules Vikings' offer sheet to Hutchinson valid!

    This is good news. What I don't understand is why do they get til 11pm to match it? They already had 7 days plus an extension.

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    Re: Arbitrator rules Vikings' offer sheet to Hutchinson valid!

    waiting again!!!

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