“Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1
The 49ers are going to have a lot of guys to pay very soon. No way they make a run a Cruz.
Principal Terms: Article 9, Section 3, Part (e), p. 40.
"Salary, which shall consist only of (a) the fixed and specified dollar amounts the New Club will pay, guarantee or lend to the Restricted Free Agent and/or his designees (currently and/or as deferred compensation in specified installments on specified dates) in consideration for his services as a football player under the Player Contract (i.e., signing bonus, Paragraph 5 Salary, and reporting and roster bonuses); "
If there's performance-based provisions in the offer sheet: "(b) Salary that is variable and/or is subject to calculation only upon the following bases: (1) based upon the performance of the Club extending the Offer Sheet (only those in-centives which are "likely to be earned" by the player if he enters into a Player Contract with the New Club, pursuant to Subsection (c) above, must be matched by the Prior Club for the purpose of exercising a Right of First Refusal, and such incentives may not exceed 15% of the Salary in the Offer Sheet)"
Section (g): Incentives also basically repeats this.
Basically if the 49ers put a $10 million incentive for Cruz to break 2,000 yards receiving in a season in the offer sheet, Giants most likely won't need to match that part of the offer sheet.
However, if the 49ers put a $4 million incentive for Cruz to break 1,000 yards receiving in a season, Giants would probably have to match that since he's "likely to earn" that from his past performances.
The Prior team is also allowed to better the offer sheet, but that shouldn't happen often. (why should the Prior team give more to the player for trying to sign with another team when all they have to do is match?) .
Section (b) Subpart (iii) "such additional terms, not less favorable to the player than those contained in the Offer Sheet as may be agreed upon between the Restricted Free Agent and the Prior Club. "
So yes, Reese could shift more of the salary as guaranteed money since it's more favorable to the player or just give more money than the offer sheet.
Last edited by BigBlueAllDay; 02-28-2013 at 09:02 PM.