PSA - Offseason Warnings - EVERYONE please read Okay, I want to start this talk NOW and continue to beat the drum until the offseason is upon us. I want every owner and potential owner to read this post. I know in the past that we have had lots of fun watching owners blitz free agents with crazy totals of points. Poor planning (no offense to those I refer to, but it is what it is) made these teams have to gut everyone off of them to get under our cap we had in place. Now we have dollars. And we make owners put their base salary offer, bonus offer, modifier, and total contract in free agent posts. I hope this fixes the planning portion of offseason free agency. But we all get crazy. I want to put down a few examples of how prices can escalate quickly on high end free agents. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE....if you have ANY questions about these examples, now matter how little or dumb YOU may think it is, ASK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I promise you that the board, and myself as cap designer, are wanting to plan against EVERY issue, but we can't think of everything. Even if you don't know HOW to ask the question you have, TRY.....lol Example 1: 95 + overall quarterback - their base salary you can offer is 3 million dollars, and the max base salary is 9 million dollars (hereby known as the Vishal rule, lol). The max base salary you can offer is 3 times the minimum base salary you can offer. Simple. So let's say you want to offer the 95 + overall QB a contract. You offer the max base salary (9 million) and you offer the MINIMUM bonus (which is 1 million for those that do not know) of 1 million. That is a total of 10 million dollars in salary. Multiply that times the 5 modifier for a starting QB (which is what this 95+ QB is on your squad), and that is FIFTY (50) MILLION DOLLARS. The salary cap is 135 million right now. 50 million is roughly 38% of your total cap. IN ONE PLAYER. And that is with a minimum bonus offer!!!!!!! Example 2: Let's go to the halfback position, but drop in overall a bit. 91-94 overall rated. Their base salary offer is 2 million dollars minimum, and 750,000 bonus minimum. I REALLY want this guy, so I go all out. The max base salary I can give him is 6 million dollars, and I will give him 6 million in bonuses. I think there will be lots of activity for this guy. That's a total of TWELVE million dollars. That 12 million times the 4 modifier for a starting halfback gives me a salary of 48 million dollars. Again, for ONE GUY. Oh dear, I shoulda thought about that...Now I'm gonna have to cut a big time talent player or two to keep this free agent. Damnit. For those of you counting, 48 million is roughly 35.6% of the TOTAL cap!!!!! Example 3: Going left tackle with this one, with a lower overall than last time. 86-90 overall left tackle here. The minimum base salary offer is 1 million dollars, with a minimum offer of 500,000 in bonuses. I offer him the maximum base salary I can, which is 3 million dollars. I then go silly crazy with the bonus, as this is a guy I feel I need to compete. I give him 12 million in bonuses. That's right, TWELVE million just in BONUSES. 12 million in bonus plus the 3 million base salary equals 15 million dollars. His modifier is a 5, as he's a starter. 15 million times 5 equals 75 million dollars. Oh, shit. That bonus was dumb. 75 million is 55.6% of your team's 135 million dollar cap. Good luck fielding a team around this stud LT now. I know the third example is extreme, but, thinking about previous points system bids we've had in last year's Madden and points setup, this would be the equivalent of some of those bids. I know it seems I'm picking on a certain owner who knows who he is, but I do this not to hurt him; rather, I want to make sure that what he had to do to his team is not repeated by others. I mean, hell, he ended up WINNING the OMFL Bowl. Nothing but love for ya, Vishal. PLEASE think about your bids NOW even though you have no clue who will be available. BUDGET. I don't want to boot any owners for being unaware of their cap payments, nor do I want to screw a new owner when we boot an unaware owner by having to destroy his team because the previous owner made a dumb move or two. If you need help, please get with the cap guys. Wajy, Dave, and myself can help you with questions. Any board member can also help you as well. What we can't do is hold your hand and help you budget your money you have to spend. That is YOUR job as an owner in this league. I'm just asking you guys to be smart, and if you have questions, ask them. Great season so far, guys. Let's keep it up and have an awesome playoffs, offseason, and draft for year 2.