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    HUTCHINSON OFFER HAS MAJOR POISON PILL

    This was on profootballtalkk.com (great site, up to date, accurate, seems to know everything before evryone else)

    HUTCHINSON OFFER HAS MAJOR POISON PILL



    A league source tells us that the offer sheet signed by Seahawks guard Steve Hutchinson with the Minnesota Vikings contains a poison pill of unprecedented magnitude and significance, which is aimed at preventing Seattle from exercising its right to match the deal, pursuant to the rules applicable to transition players.



    Apart from a 2006 cap number that exceeds $13 million, the offer sheet contains a provision that makes the entire deal guaranteed if Hutchinson at any point becomes anything other than the highest paid player on the team.



    From Seattle's perspective, that's a big problem, in light of the Walter Jones contract. If the Seahawks match, Hutchinson's deal could indeed become fully guaranteed from day one.



    The Seahawks could attempt to match the offer and exclude the poison pill provision, taking the position that it is not a "Principal Term" of the deal. Under Article XX, Section 5 of the CBA, only the "Principal Terms" must be matched.



    So what are "Principle Terms"? Under Article XIX, Section 3(e)(ii) of the CBA, "Principle Terms" include "[a]ny modifications of and additions to the terms contained in the NFL Player Contract . . . that relate to non-compensation terms (including guarantees, no-cut, and no-trade provisions)." Applying the language literally, the poison pill "relates to" a guarantee because it sets forth a specific circumstance in which the specified compensation will become guaranteed.



    There's a chance that the Seahawks will attempt to fashion an argument that the trigger for the guarantee violates the spirit of the CBA by placing an artificial limit on the money that can be paid to other players. But, in reality, it doesn't -- it merely provides the player who ultimately is not the highest paid player a guaranteed contract.



    Though the issue ultimately might land before an arbitrator or a special master, we think that the Vikings will prevail on this one.



    We're also told that the Seahawks are livid at Hutchinson and agent Tom Condon with this development. It's one thing, as they see it, for a guy to get the best offer he can on the open market. It's another thing to huddle with the new team in an effort to come up with an offer that the Seahawks can't or won't be able to match.

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    Re: HUTCHINSON OFFER HAS MAJOR POISON PILL

    I am not too good with all of this legal "mumbo jumbo".

    Are they saying that he will be given a poison pill in addtion to his contract?

    Thats a but harsh.

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    :evil4:
    BANNED OR DEAD...I'LL TAKE EITHER ONE

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    Interesting read. This is the part that I like


    We're also told that the Seahawks are livid at Hutchinson and agent Tom Condon with this development. It's one thing, as they see it, for a guy to get the best offer he can on the open market. It's another thing to huddle with the new team in an effort to come up with an offer that the Seahawks can't or won't be able to match.


    If this is the case, the Hawks may not want to match it and let Hutch become a Viking. This is very good news for us Vikings fans :grin:

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    Whoa the Purple Crew is playing HARDBALL on this one. It certainly seems that Hutch wants to be here. Does anyone know more background on this deal, was there any bad blood with Hutch and the Sea-birds or did Wilf and crew just do one heck of a job of selling Hutch on coming to Minny?

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    HAHA I love this! Seahawks are just P I S S E D you know this!

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    Re: HUTCHINSON OFFER HAS MAJOR POISON PILL

    "VikesfaninWis" wrote:
    Interesting read. This is the part that I like


    We're also told that the Seahawks are livid at Hutchinson and agent Tom Condon with this development. It's one thing, as they see it, for a guy to get the best offer he can on the open market. It's another thing to huddle with the new team in an effort to come up with an offer that the Seahawks can't or won't be able to match.


    If this is the case, the Hawks may not want to match it and let Hutch become a Viking. This is very good news for us Vikings fans :grin:
    It would go a long way to make up for losing Daunte...as it seems we will.
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    Re: HUTCHINSON OFFER HAS MAJOR POISON PILL

    We're also told that the Seahawks are livid at Hutchinson and agent Tom Condon with this development.

    Of course they are... Holmgren is always livid when things don't go his way. (i.e. superbowl- blamed the refs...) Isn't the whole point of the transition tag to force teams interested insigning the player into making huge offers in order to secure him?
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    Re: HUTCHINSON OFFER HAS MAJOR POISON PILL

    "ultravikingfan" wrote:
    I am not too good with all of this legal "mumbo jumbo".

    Are they saying that he will be given a poison pill in addtion to his contract?

    Thats a but harsh.
    It means that part of the contract says that if hutch becomes anything but the highest paid player on the team, then he whole contract becomes guarenteed. And since Walter JOnes is getting paid more than Hutch, thye would guarentee the whole contract by matching ours.

    I love Rb brzezinski :wav:

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