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Old 03-17-2006, 11:05 PM   #1
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Default Hutchinson's contract to arbitration.....

Gregg Bell, of the Associated Press, reports the future fate of Seattle Seahawks transition free agent OG Steve Hutchinson will be decided by an arbitration process. That will delay the Sunday deadline, March 19, for the team to match an offer to Hutchinson by the Minnesota Vikings. The NFL Players Association said Friday, March 17, that the league has filed a claim on behalf of the Seahawks contending a clause in the offer sheet Hutchinson signed with the Vikings last weekend circumvents the league's labor contract. The clause in question would guarantee Hutchinson the entire contract sum if Hutchinson is not the team's highest-paid offensive lineman. NFL spokesman Michael Signora confirmed that the NFL had filed the case. Richard Berthelsen, general counsel for the NFLPA, said the union will argue against the Seahawks' and league's claims. "They say the clause circumvents our collective bargaining agreement. It is our belief that it does not," Berthelsen said. Berthelsen said the union's interpretation of the issue is that the clause is permitted by the CBA because it is a "principal term" of the agreement.
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Old 03-20-2006, 06:00 PM   #2
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Default Re: Hutchinson's contract to arbitration.....

Looks like the Hawks are going to try and keep him..........

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Old 03-21-2006, 03:40 AM   #3
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Default Re: Hutchinson's contract to arbitration.....

The Vikings have their man. The Seahawks declined to match the seven-year, $49 million offer sheet the Vikings gave to All Pro guard Steve Hutchinson, meaning Hutchinson will become the highest-paid guard in NFL history and play in Minnesota next year. The Seahawks had protested elements of the Vikings' offer sheet which required Hutchinson to be the highest-paid offensive lineman on whichever team signed him, or else guarantee the entirety of the $49 million contract. A special master ruled against the Seahawks Monday afternoon, and he also disallowed the Seahawks' recent restructuring of tackle Walter Jones' deal to lower his compensation below the level of the Hutchinson deal.
For a while it appeared the Vikings would have a ton of money under the salary cap and nowhere to spend it, but their lawyers and cap gurus came up with a plan that allowed them to swipe one of the best linemen in the game away from Seattle. As much as it upgrades the Vikings' line, bringing peace of mind to Brad Johnson and putting an extra bounce in Chester Taylor's step, it also takes a bite out of Shaun Alexander's effectiveness; 20 of Alexander's 27 rushing touchdowns last season came behind the tandem of Hutchinson and Jones on the left side.

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Default Re: Hutchinson's contract to arbitration.....

It will be interesting to see how much of Alexander's success the past two years was Alexander...or his O-line
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Default Re: Hutchinson's contract to arbitration.....

This will hurt the squaks a bit, but not as much as calling out the officials after the game.

Squaks another one and done Super Bowl run...
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Default Re: Hutchinson's contract to arbitration.....

Sounds like the Seahawks got the bad end of the stick on this one.

How can the Vikings put a clause in a contract stipulating the guaranteed payout of the entire 49 million of the team that signs him or that he has to be the highest paid offensive lineman on that team???

I didn't think an offer sheet had language like that of an official contract.
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Default Re: Hutchinson's contract to arbitration.....

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Sounds like the Seahawks got the bad end of the stick on this one.

How can the Vikings put a clause in a contract stipulating the guaranteed payout of the entire 49 million of the team that signs him or that he has to be the highest paid offensive lineman on that team???

I didn't think an offer sheet had language like that of an official contract.
It looks like the NFL will start looking more like Baseball and basketball now if they are going to allow guarenteed contracts. Good for the players - not so good for the teams.

As for the left side... Porkchop Womack should fill the spot at left guard well. He has played really well when given a chance and lineman tend to play well when they are next to Walter Jones.
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It looks like the NFL will start looking more like Baseball and basketball now if they are going to allow guarenteed contracts. Good for the players - not so good for the teams.

The "guaranteed contract payout" had to be a scare tactic clause envoked by the Vikings and I don't see how they can get away with that.
What's even more puzzling is that the league/arbitor will allow that kind of language in an offer sheet but won't allow the Seahawks to redo Walter Jones's contract so Seattle can meet the stipulation that Hutchinson be the highest paid offensive lineman on the team.

The whole thing sounds just plain wrong.
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Default Re: Hutchinson's contract to arbitration.....

It wasn't a scare tactic per se, it just made it very very difficult for the Seahawks to re-sign him. The 'poison pill' as it's being called, said that if Hucth wasn't the highest paid lineman on the team, then the 49 million was guaranteed. Now the offer sheet that Hutch signed was LESS money per year than Walter Jones which is the highest paid lineman for Seattle. So as you can see, Hutch WOULDN'T be the highest paid lineman on the team if they matched the offer therefore gauranteeing him 49 million.

My take on the whole ordeal... Walter Jones was slapped with the franchise tag before he signed that big contract. Shaun Alexander was franchise tagged before he signed that big contract this year. Now Hutch was only hit with the 'Transition Tag' and that left him feeling slighted by the Seahawks. He then made sure that the Seahawks PAID for that one way or another. (gauranteeing contract or losing him)
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It wasn't a scare tactic per se, it just made it very very difficult for the Seahawks to re-sign him. The 'poison pill' as it's being called, said that if Hucth wasn't the highest paid lineman on the team, then the 49 million was guaranteed. Now the offer sheet that Hutch signed was LESS money per year than Walter Jones which is the highest paid lineman for Seattle. So as you can see, Hutch WOULDN'T be the highest paid lineman on the team if they matched the offer therefore gauranteeing him 49 million.

My take on the whole ordeal... Walter Jones was slapped with the franchise tag before he signed that big contract. Shaun Alexander was franchise tagged before he signed that big contract this year. Now Hutch was only hit with the 'Transition Tag' and that left him feeling slighted by the Seahawks. He then made sure that the Seahawks PAID for that one way or another. (gauranteeing contract or losing him)
Yeah, The Hawks definately misread the market by not putting the franchise tag on Hutch. But they were also working from the experience of franchising Jones for 3 straight years which led to holdouts and some bad blood for that time. I don't know if they were predicting new agreement, which now says that in a 3rd consecutive franchise year, a player will get paid a salary in ball park of the top 5 players in the league, regardless of position. That would be a tough pill to swallow for a guard.

I am guessing that we will look back on this decision as the start of a major trend in the high end free agent market. Everyone is going to start demanding the same stipulations. Anytime you introduce contracts that demand you need to be paid more than the guy next to you in the trenches, you are setting yourself up for poor team cohesion. I think we are better off not having him under these conditions.
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