View Full Version : Seahawks fire back at the Vikings...

03-24-2006, 05:40 PM
Seahawks signed WR Nate Burleson to a seven-year, $49 million offer sheet, with $5.25 million guaranteed and two comical "poison pills" provisions included.
The contract total was made to look just like the offer sheet Minnesota used to sign Steve Hutchinson away from the Seahawks. Burleson's would be re-worked after a few years. More noteworthy are Seattle's tongue-in-cheek 'poison pills' in the deal that guarantees the entire contract if Burleson plays a certain numer of games in the state of Minnesota or exceeds the highest paid running back on the team. Those provisions are a loud attempt by Seattle to close significant loopholes in the 'transition' tag designation that Minnesota took advantage of with Steve Hutchinson's contract. Among all that confusion is the likelihood that Minnesota won't keep Burleson. They only offered him the 'low tender' as a restricted free agent. They would receive a third-round pick as compensation. Burleson would become an interesting fantasy bet in Seattle. Mar. 24 - 5:28 pm et

That is pretty funny stuff and I give a lot of credit to the Seahawks for trying to get the poison pills taken out of contracts.

Vikings will get a 3rd round pick out of the deal.

03-24-2006, 06:51 PM
Last laugh is with Minnesota IMO. Ultimately they got Hutchinson and SEA's 3rd rnd pick for Burleson.

Sabo Fan
03-24-2006, 10:11 PM
As I understand it, the deal is in reality $14 million over four years with $5.25 million guaranteed. If the Vikings want to, I think they may be able to get the two poison pills thrown out. Should that happen then I think they might match.