Offseason Steps: 1. Restricted Free Agency: 4/19-4/21 2. Draft - Sunday - 4/22 3. Free Agency - 4/23 4. FA Bidding 4/24 Restricted Free Agency In 1-2 days (depends upon completion of the SB), we will enter a stage where you can make RFA decisions about your roster. You will do this on XFN by going into the Front Office and then Sign/Release. DO NOT MAKE ANY CHANGES TO YOUR ROSTER UNTIL THIS PERIOD BEGINS. I will make a thread. Hit the + sign to begin negotiating with a player. Also note that these ratings are pre-progression/regression - you do not have the luxury of knowing what will happen (although based on last year you have a pretty good idea of what should happen.) Anyway, my point is that once you make these decisions, they are final. We are not going to keep track of some guy who you want to see how he progresses before re-signing him. You either will or he walks into FA and you have to sign him back in open free agency. In any case there are a few very important considerations here. Salary Cap Increase We will be increasing the salary cap by 7% Draft Time Limit For the draft, there will a 3 minute limit in the first and second, 2 in the 3rd/4th, 1 in the 5th/6th. The trade committee will on Skype and do verbal trade confirmations. Requirements for Draft Day 1. Your roster MUST be at 47 players or less before the draft. Resign the players that you want to re-sign, release the players you want to release. There should not be any players in red, left on your roster. Sign or release them, that's it. If you are trading them, they will need to be signed before you can trade them. 2. All re-signings are done for 3 years MAX - they can be shorter but not longer than 3 years. This is a pain but in order to maintain simplicity it was a necessary step we took last year. True Free agents can demand longer contracts, so keep that in mind. Just know that you'll also be paying market value - so its always a gamble. Risk/reward. If I find that you have re-signed a player for longer than 3 years, I will automatically void the contract and the player with become a free agent. If it is something you have done in error, notify me and I can work with you to fix it. 3. Your roster MUST meet all of the minimum roster requirements before the draft. They are posted below. QB: 1 RB: 1 FB: 1 WR: 2 TE: 1 LT: 1 LG: 1 C: 1 RG: 1 RT: 1 LE: 1 RE: 1 DT: 2 LOLB: 1 MLB: 1 ROLB: 1 CB: 2 FS: 1 SS: 1 K: 1 P: 1 You may also never drop below 30 players. 4. If you cannot meet a minimum position requirement (for example FB, P, K) please sign a BAD player from free agency to fill that roster req. We call these players "placeholders." Sign them for minimum 1 year deals and make sure they do not have a signing bonus (otherwise when they are cut their signing bonus will be applied as a cap penalty). Once you have the placeholder players you need, drop the real players you are getting rid of. Your placeholder players will allow you to sufficiently deal with the minimum roster requirement and once you have signed real players you actually want, you can drop your placeholder players without penalty (once we hit the true free agency period). 5. Your trades cannot be completed right now. However, please at least PROPOSE them in XFN. Do not try to accept, it will not work. But if they are at least proposed, I can manually approve them when the time comes. There will be a period of time before the draft owners can complete trades. 6. We will be making a "checklist" for all the owners to make sure they have completed their tasks. Make sure you are letting me know when your tasks are completed or, if you can, tell me that you need me to do them for you and what you'd like me to do - I figure maybe some people are too busy today to do it or something, so I will help you if I can. 7. If you cannot make the draft, please feel free to send me your draft board or positional needs and I will draft the best players I can find for you (within reason of course). Getting a position player you wanted as opposed to just whatever I can find for you is better than nothing. 8. It is imperative you install skype and report your username in this thread http://forums.traditionsportsonline.com/threads/draft-day-skype-chat-call.76447/ You can download skype from here: http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/on-your-computer/windows/ Even if you don't have a mic/headset to get in on the skype call, you can still communicate with typing in the chat. This will help speed up the process, and be useful for last minute trade deals.