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Mile High Mania
03-12-2006, 02:57 PM
Wow... http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2365600

Vikings sign Hutchinson to gigantic offer sheet

By Len Pasquarelli
ESPN.com

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Seattle Seahawks (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=sea) star Steve Hutchinson (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=5464), designated as a transition free agent by the NFC champions, has signed an offer sheet with the Minnesota Vikings (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=min) that will make him the highest paid guard in NFL history, ESPN.com has learned.The offer sheet is for seven years, at $49 million, and includes $16 million in guarantees. Once the offer sheet is executed, Seattle will have seven days to match all its principle terms, or allow Hutchinson to move to the Vikings. If the Seahawks do not match it, they will receive no draft-pick compensation.How rich is the Vikings' deal, negotiated by Tom Condon and Ken Kremer of IMG Football, for the five-year veteran guard? Consider this: Only three NFL offensive tackles, a position that is always paid much higher than guards, can match Hutchinson's average of $7 million. Larry Allen (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=2841) of Dallas, currently the league's highest-paid guard, averages $6.1 million on his Cowboys contract.It is believed that, before the start of the free agency period, Seattle was offering Hutchinson an average of $5.8 million per year.Seattle opted to use the less expensive transition designation on Hutchinson, rather than the franchise tag, and the difference is significant. In most case, the franchise marker is enough to scare off any suitors, because the level of compensation is a pair of first-round draft choices. The transition label carries no compensation and it is easier for veterans under that marker to attract other teams.Under the current system, implemented in 1993, just three franchise players have every switched teams in free agency. During the same period, 18 transition players have changed teams.By signing Hutchinson to the offer sheet, the Vikings, who entered the free agency period with $30.9 million in available salary cap room, second-most in the league, are remaining aggressive as the club attempts to upgrade the roster under first-year coach Brad Childress. The Vikings broke from the chute quickly on Saturday, either signing or reaching agreements with five players.Hutchinson, 28, would certainly provide the kind of toughness and mauler's mentality the Vikings have lacked on their offensive line, and would team with tackle Bryant McKinnie (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=5893) to give Minnesota one of the best leftside blocking tandems in the league.A first-round choice in the 2001 draft, Hutchinson is a three-time Pro Bowl performer. The former University of Michigan star has appeared in 68 games, all of them starts, and has played all 16 games in all but the 2002 campaign. That year, a broken leg limited Hutchinson to four appearances.Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.

Mile High Mania
03-12-2006, 02:57 PM
Ok, so it's just an "offer sheet" at this point, but damn!

Mecca
03-12-2006, 02:58 PM
I don't think Seattle has the money to match that....

Dunit35
03-12-2006, 02:59 PM
that's T.O. type money there.

Demonpenz
03-12-2006, 03:00 PM
He is a stud thats for sure.

Bob Dole
03-12-2006, 03:00 PM
Insane.

cdcox
03-12-2006, 03:03 PM
For a guard? Vikings are nuts, but the whole FA market is insane.

Chiefs better get a deal done on LJ before he hits the market.

Mile High Mania
03-12-2006, 03:05 PM
If LJ has the same level of per game perforance this year... he'll demand the most $ ever paid to an NFL player.

Cochise
03-12-2006, 03:07 PM
If LJ has the same level of per game perforance this year... he'll demand the most $ ever paid to an NFL player.

I don't know if he'll be worth what he'll eventually sign for, but he's too good not to pay it.

Brock
03-12-2006, 03:09 PM
I don't know if he'll be worth what he'll eventually sign for, but he's too good not to pay it.

I'd say he deserves a substantial raise, to say the least.

cdcox
03-12-2006, 03:12 PM
I don't know if he'll be worth what he'll eventually sign for, but he's too good not to pay it.

Too true. :cuss:

If it were a QB and you inked him to a huge, very long term deal (ala Manning and the Colts) it would be one thing because they generally have long careers once they reach greatness. But a RB could blow his knee out tomorrow, or burn out two years into a 7-year deal.

I guess its a good problem to have.

Demonpenz
03-12-2006, 03:13 PM
i remember when we gave LJ a token draw play like 2 years ago i was like. WTF he is slow as hell. Oh my times have changed.

Cave Johnson
03-12-2006, 03:17 PM
Another victim of the dreaded transition tag. They've been using the franchise for years with Alexander and Jones. I'm a little surprised they went the cheap route considering their abundance of cap space.

Short Leash Hootie
03-12-2006, 03:24 PM
i remember when we gave LJ a token draw play like 2 years ago i was like. WTF he is slow as hell. Oh my times have changed.
I thought the same thing when he came in for Blaylock in the Tampa Bay game in 2004. He ran like he was scared, and like a total puss. I was like, this guy ****ing sucks. Then I realized he probably wasn't even preparing for the games because he never had a chance to play.

The very next week he came out and showed signs, and then he exploded.

Pitt Gorilla
03-12-2006, 03:32 PM
i remember when we gave LJ a token draw play like 2 years ago i was like. WTF he is slow as hell. Oh my times have changed.
He was never slow. He may have been indecisive, but never slow.

Sure-Oz
03-12-2006, 03:33 PM
that's ridiculous!

Demonpenz
03-12-2006, 03:36 PM
He was never slow. He may have been indecisive, but never slow.


slow hitting the hole. same difference

T-post Tom
03-12-2006, 03:37 PM
fuggin' morons. that franchise can't seem to get out of its own way. no reach-around on that ass pounding. the guy is a playa, but no guard is worth that in today's market. this keeps up & we'll have to take out second mortgages on our homes to afford season ticket prices.

Mecca
03-12-2006, 03:39 PM
The Vikings can sign that deal because they're far under the cap, especially if they part with Culpepper.

ZootedGranny
03-12-2006, 03:52 PM
Brian Waters' last deal is a steal in comparison.

beer bacon
03-12-2006, 03:53 PM
His cap hit this year is something like 13 million dollars.

cdcox
03-12-2006, 03:58 PM
Brian Waters' last deal is a steal in comparison.

The Chiefs have done a decent job of keeping their home grown stars in the fold by sewing them up with reasonalbe deals before they hit the market. The fact that none of our high-round DL draft picks have panned out in the last few years has been the one huge failure in our strategy.

johnson&green
03-12-2006, 03:58 PM
fuggin' morons. that franchise can't seem to get out of its own way. no reach-around on that ass pounding. the guy is a playa, but no guard is worth that in today's market. this keeps up & we'll have to take out second mortgages on our homes to afford season ticket prices.

you really don't like herman do you u couldn't name one bad thing about him as a head couch

Mr. Laz
03-12-2006, 05:00 PM
it's stupid to pay that much for any guard

Joe Seahawk
03-12-2006, 05:23 PM
We Could match, but I kind of doubt we want to pay that kind of Jack to a guard.. We have Pork Chop Womack who will take over for him and he's no slouch either.. Plus we will have 23 mil in cap space if we don't match, enough to find a replacement. 7 mil a year is just too much to swallow IMO.

It will greatly suck to lose Hutch though.. :banghead:

Kclee
03-12-2006, 05:53 PM
He was never slow. He may have been indecisive, but never slow.


I believe Bob Dole post after that run was " it looks like he's running underwater." Funny stuff.

Mr. Laz
03-12-2006, 05:57 PM
you really don't like herman do you u couldn't name one bad thing about him as a head couch

wtf are you talking about??

Tom didn't say anything about the chiefs ... he's talking about the vikings giving huge money to hutchinson.

n00bs :rolleyes: