If no one else heard about it, it can't be verified. Perhaps I shouldn't have posted the tidbit to begin with. That's all I can say about it. I've tried, and failed, to individually verify it. Suffice it to say that my friend is an acquaintance to a party involved. That's all I got on this one.
I found it intriguing how far they went to secure Bakula as Archer. Assuming the information I have is correct.
Here is some circumstantial stuff on the contract negotiation.