Salary Cap/Roster Management Rules (see below) Salary Cap Cheat Sheet (for quick reference) Please note that since management will be handling salary cap spreadsheets that this is for reference and requires little work on the owners part. The most work you will do is referencing this when deciding who to sign/resign and who to pursue in FA etc. Salary Cap/Roster Management Rules The salary cap is set at 250 dollars. This is the maximum amount you can spend on players during each season. SALARIES All players will have a salary figure represented in dollars based on their OVERALL RATING at their position. QBs are more valuable than punters, so QBs will cost more against your cap. The breakdown is as follows: QBs Elite (93-99)- 14 dollars Great (86-92)- 10 dollars Good (77-85)- 7 dollars Average (65-76)- 4 dollars Below Average (55-64)- 2 dollars Poor (54-Below)- Free RBs Elite (90-99)- 9 dollars Great (82-89)- 7 dollars Good ( 75-81)- 5 dollars Average (67-74)- 2 dollars Below Average (56-66)- 1 dollar Poor (55-Below)- Free WRs Elite (92-99)- 10 dollars Great (86-91)- 6 dollars Good (78-85)- 4 dollars Average (66-77)- 3 dollars Below Average (55-65)- 1 dollar Poor (54-Below)- Free TE/FBs Elite (89-99)- 6 dollars Great (80-88)- 5 dollars Good (73-79)- 3 dollars Average (66-72)- 2 dollars Below Average (56-65)- 1 dollar Poor (55-Below)- Free OLs Elite (94-99)- 12 dollars Great (87-93)- 8 dollars Good (77-86)- 6 dollars Average (65-76)- 3 dollars Below Average (57-64)- 2 dollars Poor (56-Below)- Free DLs Elite (92-99)- 12 dollars Great (82-91)- 9 dollars Good (75-81)- 6 dollars Average (66-74)- 3 dollars Below Average (58-65)- 1 dollar Poor (57-Below)- Free LBs Elite (89-99)- 10 dollars Great (81-88)- 7 dollars Good (74-80)- 4 dollars Average (64-73)- 2 dollars Below Average (57-63)- 1 dollar Poor (56-Below)- Free CBs Elite (93-99)- 12 dollars Great (84-92)- 8 dollars Good (75-83)- 5 dollars Average (65-74)- 2 dollars Below Average (55-64)- 1 dollar Poor (54-Below)- Free Ss Elite (91-99)- 8 dollars Great (81-90)- 6 dollars Good (75-80)- 4 dollars Average (66-74)- 2 dollars Below Average (58-65)- 1 dollar Poor (57-Below)- Free Ks/Ps Elite (90-99)- 4 dollars Great (82-89)- 3 dollars Average (75-81)- 2 dollars Below Average (62-74)- 1 dollar Poor (61-Below)- Free NOTE: These are MINIMUM salaries for all free agents, draft picks, and players you want to resign. You can, of course, choose to pay more to a certain player. For example, during the free agency auction period, which is discussed later. CONTRACT LENGTH: All players are signed for specific amounts of time depending on their OVR rating. The breakdown is as follows: 99-95: Six Year Contract 94-85: Five Year Contract 84-76: Four Year Contract 75-68: Three Year Contract 67-59: Two Year Contract 58-Below: One Year Contract Veteran Players (30 years old and above) 99-86: Three Year Contract 85-66: Two Year Contract 65-Below: One year Contract INITIAL CONTRACTS Before the VERY FIRST SEASON, each team has to assign each player a contract length based on the remaining contract length for each player IN MADDEN For example, if Lee Evans sign a 5 year deal before 2009, he enters 2009 with a 5 year contract. That means he enters 2010 with a 4 year contract. Therefor, for our purposes, Lee Evans has a 4 year contract at the beginning of our league. Also, ONLY THE FIRST YEAR, each team has to choose 2 players rated 70+ OVR and make their contract length 1 year. This is so that the free agent pool is full after year one. You can choose which players are on 1 year contracts.[/I] SIGNING BONUS: Signing bonuses are applied when you re-sign a player before he is released into the FA pool. Signing Bonues are NOT required to sign a player out of FA (though they are useful for outbidding other users, by a dollar, for example.) Signing Bonuses are based on OVR rating. They are added to the player's salary cap number. If you release a player, their signing bonus still counts on your cap, even though their salary does not. Signing Bonus System 99-93: 6 dollar S.B. 92-84: 5 dollar S.B. 83-75: 4 dollar S.B. 74-66: 3 dollar S.B. 65-58: 2 dollar S.B. 57-50: 1 dollar S.B. 49-Below: Free EXAMPLE: Tom Brady is a 97 OVR. His salary is 14 dollars. If you want to resign him during the season to another full contract, you will have to pay him a signing bonus of 6 dollars. Tom Brady will count 20 dollars against your cap. If you release him the next day, you can subtract 14 from your cap for his salary, but the signing bonus STAYS ON YOUR CAP for the rest of that season. You must pay signing bonus the players first season. Retired players are wiped off your salary cap, they do not count against your cap. DRAFT All rookies that get drafted are on 3 year contracts. The price of that contract is determined by their overall rating just like everyone else. Signing bonus rules will be in effect for all rookies but will have a slightly different table to represent the value of a 1st overall as opposed to a 31st overall pick. This signing bonus is added to their salary as soon as you draft the player, and is applied to your cap if you release the rookie as normal. The table for the rookie signing bonus is as follows: 1st round / picks 1-5 - 5 dollar signing bonus 1st round / picks 5-10 - 4 dollar signing bonus 1st round / picks 11-20 - 3 dollar signing bonus 1st round / picks 21-32 - 2 dollar signing bonus 2nd round / all picks - 1 dollar signing bonus 3rd round and after - No signing bonus. RELEASING A PLAYER After releasing a player you are still responsible for paying half of the players salary, for the remainder of the players contract. Example: If Brady is 95ovr and signed his 6 year deal and got cut before year four his contract would look like this: 20, 14, 14, 7, 7, 7. This way, like a real NFL team, a bad mistake could follow you for awhile or if there was no SB paid out the contract would be 14, 14, 14, 7, 7, 7. So at the bottom of your spreadsheet you would have CUT Players and then it would look like Pos. Name Ovr Y1 Salary Y2 Salary Y3 Salary Y4 Salary Y5 Salary Y6 Salary QB T. Brady 99 14 14 14 7 7 7 His contract gets cut in half since he was cut and you pay out the remainder of the contract. TRADING PLAYERS In the event of a trade, you will accept the new players contract while giving up the old players contract. Years and salary will not change. Max $ values reset. If you would like to trade a player before free agency (say during the draft) that has zero years left on his contract, you have the option to do so BUT you must resign the player first. What that means is, you're going to pay the player what he rightly deserves according to the salary cap rules then trade the player to the the other team. Whats essentially happening is, you're going to pay the players signing bonus and the other team will pay the players salary. Example: Team1 is trading Elway to Team2 for Tebow. End of Year 1 Team1 Spreadsheet Name Salary Y1 Salary Y2 Salary Y3 Signing Bonus Max$ Contract Length Elway 10$ 14$/10$ 0 Team2 Spreadsheet Name Salary Y1 Salary Y2 Salary Y3 Signing Bonus Max$ Contract Length Tebow 6$ 6$ 6$ 5$ 3 Start of Year 2 Team1 Spreadsheet Name Salary Y1 Salary Y2 Salary Y3 Signing Bonus Max$ Contract Length Tebow 6$ 6$ 6$ 2 Elway 10$ Team2 Spreadsheet Name Salary Y1 Salary Y2 Salary Y3 Salary Y4 Signing Bonus Max$ Contract Length Elway 14$ 14$ 14$ 0$ 3 I highlighted it in Magenta so you could clearly see where the signing bonus ends up. Remember, signing bonuses are only paid in year 1, so Tebows signing bonus has already been paid and so it does not have to be paid by his new team.