Hutchinson: Where Eagles Dare?

Those rumors you've heard could be true. Three-time Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson may well have a very interested suitor from the East. And according to what we're hearing, this team is ready to make the "Don Corleone" offer, outbidding everyone in sight.

The Philadelphia Eagles, armed with a decent amount of salary cap room, have very strong interest in signing Seattle Seahawks G Steve Hutchinson, who was designated as Seattle’s transition player earlier this week.

A transition player designation gives the team the right of first-refusal to match within seven days an offer sheet given to the player by another team after his contract expires (which is March 3). If the team matches the offer sheet, they retain the player. If they choose not to, they will not receive compensation.

According to a source familiar with the situation, the Eagles are looking at designing a contract which will make it hard for Seattle to match. The Eagles have one of the best capologists in Joe Banner who put together a contract for then-free agent DE Jevon Kearse a few years ago that made it very difficult for the Tennessee Titans to match.

The Eagles, according to the source, could put together the so-called “poison pill contract.” This kind of contract is usually front loaded which makes it hard for the originating team to match. It should be noted that Seattle is said to currently have a lot of salary cap room left. The Seahawks counter with Mike Reinfeldt, one of the most able cap managers in the NFL.

Also, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, it’s “highly unlikely” the Eagles will re-sign starting right tackle Jon Runyan. The plan, as of now, would be to move starting right guard Shawn Andrews or second-year offensive lineman Todd Herremans in to his spot.


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