The Red Wings pursued luring Shea Weber to Detroit, but were never presented the chance to even consider doing what Philadelphia did today.

The Flyers signed Weber, one of the NHL's best defensemen, to a 14-year, $110 million offer sheet. Weber, runner-up for the Norris Trophy the past two seasons, is a restricted free agent, but while his rights belong to the Nashville Predators, other teams can tempt him with contracts.

The Predators — already reeling from losing elite defenseman Ryan Suter via unrestricted free agency two weeks ago — have a week to match the offer. If they don't, they'll be compensated with four first-round picks.

Nashville general manager David Poile has said in the past he'd match any offer sheet tendered to Weber, but the organization will take time to consider this front-loaded deal.