Apparently League Manager does not handle cap penalties automatically. I realized this too late last season as too many teams had already made big changes before I noticed it. It would have been unfair to change the system in the middle of the year.
Before we get into the next offseason and free agency it is now a good time to change it though. The cap penalty system should make things fairer and more competitive. It will also make the cap work like it does in the NFL and things a bit more strategic. It should also help some of the weaker teams get better and keep the CPU teams from getting worse.
Teams won't be able to drop expensive free agents from the past year as easily or cut rosters to 30 people in order to win the best free agent bidding and then restock with cheap backups.
So here are the rule changes effective immediately.
1) All teams must have a minimum of 40 players on their roster at all times, during the offseason. If for some reason you have a high amount of contract year players that you can't resign which would put you under the 40 man limit let me know and we'll work something out.The minimum roster of 50 players during the season still applies.
2) Salary cap penalties will be imposed for dropping any player with remaining years on his contract. In the NFL the cap penalty is equal to the unpaid bonuses for a player.
Since bonuses aren't really NFL-like here and to make things simpler a cap penalty of 10% of the total remaining contract value will be enforced.
Players with a contract of $1M or less per year will have no cap penalty if dropped. Players in the last year of their contract also have no penalty if dropped.
Before dropping any player you must post in the Waiver Wire thread here:WAIVER WIRE
Once I give the ok in the same thread you can drop the player(s) on LM and I'll apply the penalty if necessary.
In the Waiver Wire post the player(s) you would like to drop in the format below:
Team - Position - First name Last Name - OVR - Current Contract Year
then copy and paste their Contract Info from the current year till the end of their contract under the above info
PHL Eagles - RG - Mackenzy Bernadeau - 78 - Year 1
1 $2,800,000 $50,000 $2,850,000 $14,000,000 $1,250,000
2 $2,800,000 $50,000 $2,850,000 $14,000,000 $1,250,000
3 $2,800,000 $50,000 $2,850,000 $14,000,000 $1,250,000
4 $2,800,000 $50,000 $2,850,000 $14,000,000 $1,250,000
5 $2,800,000 $50,000 $2,850,000 $14,000,000 $1,250,000
The player's remaining salary and bonus multiplied by 0.1 is used as the salary cap penalty. So in the above example the Eagles would free up $2.85M in cap room immediately but because he has 4 remaining years for a total of $11.15M he will also have a cap penalty of $1.115M. So in the end they would only free up $1.735M of cap room this season by cutting Bernadeau. The cap penalty goes away for the following year though.
As a general bit of advice you should just be careful about giving out long contracts for a lot of money unless you're sure you want the player for a long time.
If you have any questions about the rule please let me know right away.