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06-27-2011, 12:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Damaged Goods View Post
The thing is, I don't think making an offer that Tampa can't match depends on bumping up the cap hit, per se. It depends on escalating the salary so that they cannot re-sign him while maintaining a feasible payroll. Because cap hit and salary are not the same thing, you could send him an offer sheet for a "lifetime" contract that would make him by far the highest-paid player in the league for the next few years while still being able to control the cap hit. You could do this with a very looooooooong contract.

For instance: 12M, 12M, 12M, 10M, 10M, 8M, 8M, 8M, 8M, 8M, 8M, 7M, 6M, 6M, 6M, 5M, 5M, 5M
When matching an offer sheet, are you bound to that contract exactly? Or can you match the amount of money/years but change the annual distribution/cap hit? I would assume you are left matching the exact terms of the offer sheet, but I'm just curious.

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