Triple M's Damian Barrett says Gary Ablett's 2018 salary may be "as low as $500,000 to $600,000", but says Geelong will still have to trade a reasonable pick for him.
Barrett joined the Friday Huddle and said Ablett's current three-year deal - around $3 million to $4 million - was reasonably front-ended.
"I believe he's been paid up front a fair chunk of that," he said.
"I feel that it going into that last year of the deal, which is next year...it could be as low as $500,000 to $600,000.
"We're not dealing with a million dollar salary in play for Gary Ablett on 2018 figures, the way he's taken the money."
But Barrett believes Geelong will still have to offer up something decent on the trade table.
"This is going to have to be either a late first round or an early second round pick or an exchange of picks within that zone," he said.
Luke Darcy believes that increases Geelong's chances of landing him.
“That opens the door, Damo,” he said.
"I thought that was going to be the biggest hurdle, would be Geelong (being) chockablock in the salary cap, you'd assume, having got Dangerfield and loaded up with all the players they have.
"If that is the money, you'd think that would be manageable.”
Chris Judd, though, thinks the actual trade will be the "arm wrestle".
"The issue is not so much do Geelong want Ablett to play again at their club, because he's arguably the greatest player of all time, he's still playing terrific footy, it’s can they can give enough to Gold Coast for them to deal (with) because he’s contracted," he said.
"That'll be the arm wrestle."