Geelong will not waver from the premiership blueprint that delivered three flags in five years, meaning they will not pay Dangerfield more than their top senior players, such as Joel Selwood and Tom Hawkins, who are believed to be earning around $800,000 per year.
The Cats believe Dangerfield is also worth around $800,00 a year, but there is a real possibility that Adelaide could well match the offer.
But it has emerged that Geelong may offer Dangerfield a two year deal worth $1.2 million a season to make it almost impossible for the Crows to match the free agency offer.
The Cats could then lower his next contract to just over $500,000 a year for the following three seasons.
This would ensure that Dangerfield effectively earns around $800,000 a year over five years.
Front ending Dangerfield’s contract might force Geelong to back end some other contracts in order to ensure salary cap space.
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