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    March 13, 2006) -- Start fitting Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson for a Minnesota Vikings.

    The $50 million offer sheet that Hutchinson signed Sunday with the Vikings includes a provision dictating that he be the highest paid offensive lineman on his team this season -- or the entire $50 million contract becomes fully guaranteed, according to someone who has seen the offer sheet. Well, Seattle offensive tackle Walter Jones averages $7.5 million per year, while Hutchinson's contract pays him an average of $7 million per year.

    So if Seattle matched Hutchinson's offer sheet, it not only would have to figure out how to squeeze in this year's $13-million-plus salary-cap figure, but it also would have to guarantee a whopping $50 million to Hutchinson, making it the richest cash contract in NFL history by a cool $15 million.

    As it is, Hutchinson will be the fourth highest paid offensive linemen in football, behind only Jones, Orlando Pace and Jonathan Ogden.

    The deal, devised by Hutchinson's agent Tom Condon, makes it exceedingly difficult for the Seahawks to match. One person involved in the composition of the offer sheet predicted the Seahawks cannot match it; the ramifications would be way too severe.

    Seattle is said to be miffed not at the contract, but at Hutchinson's actions. As an act of good faith, the Seahawks opted to slap Hutchinson with the "transition" tag instead of the "franchise" tag, enabling the guard to solicit a deal that would be the best gauge of his market value. Seattle opted against the franchise tag only because it did not want to disenfranchise Hutchinson the way so many players slapped with the franchise tags are.

    In turn, Hutchinson's agent devised one of the most innovative contracts ever created, a monumental deal that nobody in Seattle saw coming. Now, the overwhelming chances are, Hutchinson is gone.

    Seattle does have one other option, but it is highly risky. It can match the offer sheet and appeal the terms of the offer sheet to the NFL's Management Council. A Special Master would hear the appeal and if it ruled against the Seahawks, Seattle would be obligated to pay Hutchinson $50 million.

    It's probably a gamble the Seahawks cannot afford to take.


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    Re: HUTCHINSON 06 CAP NUMBER EXCEEDS 13M (New Version-GOOD NEWS)

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Sorry. Had to get that out.

    Here is what I like:

    1) The clause is for the higest paid offensive lineman, not player
    2) The clause was devised by Hutch's agent
    3) It is risky for the Hawks to try and match the offer.

    Hmmmm, I wonder what number Hutch will wear in Minnesota... :grin:
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    Hutchinson's agent does not play. I'm sure if he pulls this deal off people will be flocking to him.
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    "Vikes" wrote:
    Hutchinson's agent does not play. I'm sure if he pulls this deal off people will be flocking to him.
    Darn. I was hoping to get a 2 for 1. :???:

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