Reports: Shea Weber signs 14-year offer sheet with Philadelphia Flyers
Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber has signed a 14-year, $110 million offer sheet with the Philadelphia Flyers, according to multiple reports. TSN’s Darren Dreger first reported the news on Twitter.
Breaking: Shea Weber agrees to offer sheet with Philadelphia. 14 years, upwards of $100 mil. Preds have 7 days to match. Wow!!—
Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 19, 2012
The Flyers, Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers had all recently spoken to the Predators about trading for Weber, Dreger reports. Philadelphia pushed the issue, though, by signing the defenseman to a long-term offer sheet. If Nashville matches the offer, it would not be able to trade Weber for a calendar year, the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Frank Seravalli reports.
If the Predators decline to match the offer, they will receive four draft picks as compensation — likely all first-round picks, though that could change based on the actual total dollar value of the contract, Seravalli reports.
Dreger also reports that the deal may pay Weber $26 million in the next calendar year. A deal that frontloaded would make it tough for Nashville to match because of the steep immediate cost.
The 26-year-old Weber is a three-time All-Star.