Ideas to bally around for salary cap Okay, this is totally based on feedback that you guys have read. I have come up with a few ideas in the effort to keep the realism that those who like the system like, while efforting to simplify the system, which is what the owners who didn't care for the cap mentioned a lot. Keep in mind, these are not "all or nothing" type set ideas. I want us to discuss all of them, and possibly discuss inputting some/none/all of them. IDEA # 1: Trade rules involving cap space. After discussing it with one owner in particular, it makes sense to me now versus the real deal we are trying to emulate: having only one team take a cap hit in a deal is not cool. PLUS it's math intensive. So I want to propose simplifying it and, at the same time, encourage teams to NOT trade their big dollar players (encouraging stability for franchises long term). Here's the proposal: When you make a trade, you add up the bonuses of what you are sending (bonus times modifier). That is your personal cap hit for making the deal. The other team(s) involved do the same thing. Whatever their personal bonuses are that are leaving their squad are taken as cap hit for their team for the rest of the year. So if I decide to trade Elvis Dumervil (UNDER THIS IDEA), for example, a 93 ovr player at ROLB, I'm taking $2,250,000 dollars in a cap hit just to move him to another team. That doesn't count any other players involved in a deal I might move. Makes teams think about shipping out that high priced talent, but allows the trade committee to allow easier 3-1 or 4-2 type trades involving big players (shows the big overall sending team is attempting to prepare for a big FA/draft year because they are willing to take a cap hit). If I need to clarify this idea PLEASE let me know. IDEA # 2: Simplify the modifiers. My proposal is very simple, honestly. A team cannot bid a modifier that the player does not fit on their team based on overall. Period. So if you are bidding on a QB that is #2 on your roster, you can offer them a 3 modifier. If another team bids on that same QB and that team can make that QB a #1 starter (all based on overall), they can bid the 5 modifier and the first team cannot match that modifier. It makes sense, in all honesty. Is a team REALLY gonna pay starter money to a backup unless they already had him signed as such? In real life? NO. We shouldn't allow it here. What I would suggest for next offseason (IF THIS IDEA GOES INTO EFFECT) is that any free agent signees that the team has are reorganized by overall and their depth chart modifiers are changed accordingly. Reset any "bad" modifiers and start fresh the next season with this rule in place. The only caveat to this would be if you go to sign a FA that you wish to start at another position. If that player fits the minimum qualifiers, THEN you could bid the max modifier for his new position (per the position change rules we have in place). This would HAVE to be noted in the bid, and could NOT be done in offseason FA, in my opinion, since we blind bid in the offseason. IDEA # 3: Upping the cap. Personally, I am against this. But I want to propose a salary cap increase of 5 million dollars per year every year to coincide with progressions. I would rather leave the cap static at 135 million. It forces teams to spend SMART. I would rather make a large post reinforcing the economics of free agent spending than up the cap. Upping the cap seems like a knee-jerk reaction and too easy. But I want to put it up there as an idea. IDEA # 4: Rookie salaries. This is more a question than an idea: do rookie salaries look crazy compared to real life NFL salaries of rookies versus veteran players? I don't think so, but if we need to tweak them, let's discuss that too. IDEA # 5: Eliminating blind bidding. Look, don't get me wrong, I LOVE blind bidding. It is a WONDERFUL idea and if we keep it I won't cry. BUT....since we have money in place instead of points, and we make owners post their bids in full to SEE the money they are spending....could we discuss eliminating blind bidding in the offseason? Before, we did it to eliminate CRAZY amounts of bids going on. I personally would be in favor of a bid limit on owners (say 5 total, NOT including the initial posting bid). That way we don't have ticky-tack bidding like we did before, yet everyone can see what they are having to match up with. Please, when we discuss these, keep an open mind, and consider the entire league. Just because we think we know this system inside and out doesn't mean everyone does. And if we can work to make it easier on the "common owner", we improve the league as a whole. And that is what I am wanting overall from this discussion. Also, when we discuss, mention the idea # in the thread. We can always refer to the starting post to figure out what idea you may be discussing.