Hope everyone has been doing their homework, and research on their teams. Figuring out what FA prospects and draft guys you want to add to make that playoff push. Depth Charts should be up and completed by January 31st, @ 8:00 pm EST in the depth chart thread.
During this time each team has the option of designating a franchise tag on one of their own free agents they wish to keep for the $ amount for that position. You must state who you will use the franchise tag on before February 6th @ 8:00 pm EST time in the appropriate FA thread. (If I am tagging a WR I need to say so in the offense FA thread.) If you do decide to use the franchise tag on someone, your cap will reflect the move and the next best free agent will enter the pool. Every team will have at least 5 players in the FA pool.
Then the free agency period will begin. The start of FA period will be at 12:00 pm EST time on February 8th. Each team will have a cap space figure to stay within. You simply bid on free agents you want and the highest bidder adds that player to their team. You can sign multiple free agents but you have to remain within your cap space. During the free agency period teams can also trade draft picks for players on other teams by negotiating a deal with another GM. Please do not put any FA in the pool on your team until you won the bid for that player.
Free agency period will go into the draft( FA will be over after the draft.) The draft will start on February 28th @ 6:00 pm EST. (That is the friday after the combine) Player trades will be allowed during the draft, and FA pick ups. You may trade up or down using draft picks and whenever your team is on the clock choose who to pick.
Free Agency Rules
Free agency and player trading will commence on Saturday, February 8th 12:00 pm EST. FA officially ends @ the end of the draft. The draft will begin February 28th @ 6:00 pm EST.
The top five URFAs from each team will enter the free agent pool. All other FAs will stay with their original team and you can treat these players just like anyone else under contract. You may also not put those guys on your depth chart if you want. RFA's will remain with the current team they are with, but can be traded away. I will look at overthecap.com, spotrac.com, and walterfootball.com to decide each team top 5 FAs to put into the FA pool. Position, age, and productivity will play a role into the decision.
Franchise Tag: Each team will be able to franchise one of their free agents. This will cost a set amount based on position and will count towards that teams cap. The deadline for designating a franchise tag will be 8:00pm EST on Thursday, February 6th. Please post who you wish to franchise tag in the appropriate FA Offense or Defense thread.
Franchise tag prices- Offense