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.
At no time can your total outstanding bids be higher than the amount you have to spend! This is up to you and you only to keep track of. If you exceed your spending limit you will be penalized, your total cap space reduced by $10.
Bidding on Players in FA
Players are signed 1 day (exactly 24 hours) from the time of the highest bid. For example, if your high bid was posted on Sunday 1PM the player will officially be signed and added to your roster Monday 1PM so long as nobody outbids you during that 1 day. If someone outbids you, then the day waiting period starts again from the time of their top bid. This 1 day waiting period may be reduced to 12 hours or less toward the end of the free agency period.
Home Team Advantages
Teams resigning their own free agents will have a couple advantages. First, they can simply match the top offer rather than having to outbid( When matching a offer please put the $ amount as well). Second, they will get a discount off the final price after the player is officially signed. The discount will be applied as followed:
Final bid: $3-$6 = $1 discount.
Final bid: $7-$10 = $2 discount.
Final bid: $11-$14 = $3 discount.
Final bid: $15+ = $4 discount.
If somebody is a FA and appears in the pool, please take them off our depth chart until you win the bid for that player. Again, we will use a combo of walterfootball.com, spotrac.com, and overthecap.com to determine the top 5 FAs from each team.
Teams cap space
The projected ceiling is $127. But we are rolling over cap space from 2013 to increase the spending. Below are the teams and the cap space money. These numbers are from overthecap.com.
2013 cap space
2014 cap space
Arizona Cardinals- BigSyke
Atlanta Falcons- X-Clown
Baltimore Ravens- DaCityKats
Buffalo Bills- Munch4455
Carolina Panthers- C47
Chicago Bears- Ken
Cincinnati Bengals- TylerVagyler
Cleveland Browns- DaCityKats
Dallas Cowboys- L-TownCat
Denver Broncos- panthers90
Detroit Lions- DeSim
Green Bay Packers- bdub515
Houston Texans- MichaelNewtonII
Indianapolis Colts- Promethean Forerunner
Jacksonville Jaguars- CaliPanthers
Kansas City Chiefs
Miami Dolphins- carpanfan96
Minnesotta Vikings- App Panther
New England Patriots- BigSyke
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants- jdpanther5
New York Jets- Soul Rebel
Oakland Raiders- Riverboat Ron
Philadelphia Eagles- carolina-chuck
Pittsburgh Steelers- Jackofalltrades
San Diego Chargers- Swan
San Francisco 49ers- Kevin Greene
Seattle Seahawks- Camsfanclub
St.Louis Rams- carolina-chuck
Tampa Bay Buccaneers- micnificent28
Tennessee Titans- CaliPanthers
Washington Redskins- Third Degree
Each team will be allowed to cut up to 5 players on their roster to create some cap room. Deadline to cut a player is the same as the tag which is Feb, 6th @ 8:00 pm EST.Catch-22 is your player that gets cut now enters the FA pool(which bumps your 5 fa to 10 at most), and you are still on the hook for a % of that player cap hit based off years left on the contract. A player with 1 year = 60%, 2 years = 50%, 3 years = 40%, 4 years = 30%, 5+ years = 20% off their cap hit for 2014. You have to let everyone know who you are cutting in the offense or defense FA threads. Also let us know how much money you are freeing up so I can add it to your cap total.
Ex. Player X has a contract with 3 years and $12 left, meaning he has a cap hit of $4. You cut him so you would have to pay 40% of $4, which would free up about $2 off your cap.
Thanks again Munch for the idea.Good Luck