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    HAWKS WILL MATCH MOST OF OFFER SHEET

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    A league source tells us that the Seattle Seahawks plan to match the seven-year, $49 million offer sheet signed by guard Steve Hutchinson. On Sunday, the Vikings and Hutchinson reached agreement on the deal, which includes a cap number of more than $13 million in 2006 and a poison pill provision that will make the full contract guaranteed if Hutchinson is not the highest paid member of the team's offensive line.



    The Seahawks, however, will not match this provision, which would result automatically in a full guarantee of the Hutchinson deal, due to the long-term contract signed a year ago by left tackle Walter Jones. Instead, the Seahawks will take the position that the guarantee is not a "Principal Term" of the offer, and that the term need not be matched in order to permit the Seahawks to retain their 2006 transition player.



    Under the relevant provisions of the CBA, a provision guaranteeing the contract appears to be a "Principal Term." The Seahawks, however, might be able to argue that, as a procedural matter, a guarantee provision only is a "Principal Term" if the guarantee is reflected by a modification or addition to the offer sheet made by the player. Indeed, Article XIX, Section 3(e)(ii) seems to indicate that a guarantee becomes a "Principal Term" only if the player asks for the guarantee, and if the new team agrees.



    The battle could, in the end, elevate form over substance, with the Seahawks arguing that the Vikings proposed the guarantee in order to defeat Seattle's ability to match the offer, and the Vikings arguing that it wasn't their idea and that Hutchinson and his agent asked for the guarantee.



    Regardless, there most likely will be a battle, similar to the legal brouhaha that unfolded three years ago between the Redskins and the Jets regarding the rights to Chad Morton. In that case, the Jets failed to match one of the provisions of the offer sheet. Arbitrator Richard Bloch found that the unmatched provision was a "Principal Term," which meant that the Jets had not matched the offer, which meant that the Redskins received the rights to Morton.



    This time around, the Seahawks are willing to take their chances as to the question of whether the guarantee is a "Principal Term." If they prevail, the Seahawks keep Hutchinson, without the guarantee. If the Seahawks lose, the Vikings will be awarded Hutchinson, with the potential guarantee in place (but with the guarantee meaningless since Hutchinson will be the highest paid offensive lineman on the team). Per Article XIX, Section 4 of the CBA, the arbitrator will be required to resolve the dispute within 10 days after the grievance is filed.



    The Seahawks will receive no compensation for Hutchinson, if they fail to match the offer sheet.



    Our initial impression? If the terms of the CBA are applied literally, and if there is sufficient evidence that Hutchinson asked for the guarantee, the Seahawks will lose. But if the arbitrator looks beneath the surface, he or she will realize that the guarantee has little or no chance of being activated if Hutchinson lands in Minnesota, especially if the reports that it applies only in 2006 are accurate. Under that scenario, the arbitrator could be inclined to find that the Seahawks had matched all of the "Principal Terms" that had any realistic bearing on his status with the Vikings.
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    Re: Hawks Looking To match

    Ugghhh...I feel sick.

    That could be the past two hours I just spent on this forum though.

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    Re: HAWKS WILL MATCH MOST OF OFFER SHEET

    pshtt....


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    Re: HAWKS WILL MATCH MOST OF OFFER SHEET

    Wow. I never like arbitrators. This will most likely end badly for us. Here's to hoping.

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    Re: HAWKS WILL MATCH MOST OF OFFER SHEET

    that sucks if we lose out on him

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    Re: HAWKS WILL MATCH MOST OF OFFER SHEET

    Bugger.

    But there's still hope.

    Bugger.

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    Re: HAWKS WILL MATCH MOST OF OFFER SHEET

    i remmber reading somewhere that the contract was the idea of Tom Condon(Hutchs agent), so we would get him still then

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    Re: HAWKS WILL MATCH MOST OF OFFER SHEET

    Screw all of you non fans!

    Let fight some more!

    You all suck! I know everything, you know nothing.

    Our season is over!

    Hutch is a jerkoff!

    ....there...got it all out for everybody!


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    Re: HAWKS WILL MATCH MOST OF OFFER SHEET

    If that is the case, then they should get their a$$e$ rolling on it soon, seeing as though if the Vikings lose out on Hutch, they have no other options in FA.

    The Seahawks are jackoffs.. I understand that they want to keep their best player, but if they are going to try and argue that case, then the Vikings should be able to come back and say we didn't know that it wouldn't be a "Principal Term" meaning that the Vikings should be able to redo their offer..

    Besides, Hutch as been quoted as saying that he isn't happy playing in Seattle because the Seahawks made it a point to sign Alexander and Jones to long term contracts, but they didn't do anything with him. He said he would prefer to play for the Vikings.

    I see the Vikings prevailing in this one.. If that is true with Hutch, then he will say that he wanted it in the contract that it be guaranteed. I honestly don't think he wants to play for Seattle anymore. He will be a Viking, screw Seattle, screw the NFL, and screw the dam arbritrators...


    Here is the article, if this has been posted I apologize.

    Because of language included in the offer sheet, if Seattle decides to match the seven-year offer the Vikings made to guard Steve Hutchinson, it would have to guarantee all $49 million of the contract, making it the biggest guaranteed deal in NFL history. Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning had the previous high guaranteed contract of more than $20 million. The word in Seattle is that Hutchinson is not happy with his present employers, because the Seahawks found a way to give big contracts to tackle Walter Jones and running back Shaun Alexander without taking care of him. He has told people he prefers to play with the Vikings. ... Apparently, the Vikings are not going to try to renegotiate the contract of center Matt Birk, who was injured all last year and will be paid $3.9 million this season.

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    Re: HAWKS WILL MATCH MOST OF OFFER SHEET

    Dude this sucks

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