Promoting Free Agency - from Suggestion Thread I'm sort of putting together a smattering of ideas from different people of the thread. I will highlight things that I think are going to be "hot button topics". Here is what I have put together: Off Season Rules Teams must trim rosters down to 45 during the offseason. This is the ONLY time they are to be below the league minimum of 53 players. This trimming of rosters is NOT whomever an owner wishes. The owner must first take the top fourteen (14) players on their roster (offense, defense, special teams together) and get an average number of those 14 players (round up). Of those 14 top players, the following occurs: 1. The owner picks 3 players that are completely protected from any type of free agency/cuts. 2. The owner picks 3 other players that are "restricted" free agents. These players must be listed on a list (probably separate forum) and can be bid on like any other free agent under normal rules. However, the owner of a restricted free agent, once a team bids and wins a bid, the owner can then match the bid, retaining the player. 3. Of the remaining 8 players, one of those MUST be cut into the free agency pool. This player MUST be of a value overall at least the average of the 14 best players on the team. Example: My best players are 99, 95, 94, 88, 87, 84, 84, 82, 81, 80, 79, 79, 78, 77. The average is 84.7 (round to 85). I must cut one of the players of 85 or more into the free agent pool; however, I can protect my 99, 95, and 94 overall, and place my 88 and two 84 players as restricted free agents, keeping a good nucleus together while still making free agency exciting. 4. The player described in step 3 is part of the cut-down to 45 players. The total number of cap points cut is 10% of the cap from that year, rounded up. Example: Using this year, I would cut that 87 player (8 points) and would have to cut 26 more points among my remaining players. There would be one rule already in place that, with this system, would have to be modifed (which, obviously, would require a vote). This is: Free agents, after 1 full year with a team, are paid their overall value for the remainder of their time with that team. Let me know what you guys think of this, good or bad. It's got a bit of math to it, so I tried to simplify it where I could.