I say keep it, because I feel it keeps things a little more realistic. A lot of these guys will end up re-signing before FA even starts, so I think this rule helps level things out for the mock. I'm not opposed to the suggested change, though.
I tell you what...I'm just going to get opinions from everyone that wants to voice one and see what the consensus is.
I really think it's gotta go. If not, and without over-complicating it, it's just gonna be too easy for people to retain talent. Franchise 1 guy and match the next. It doesn't work that way in the NFL. I do understand that precious few players re-up before UFA, but that's NOT commonplace, because the player knows he's a few weeks from testing the market. There's basically no point or advantage in doing that. We really shouldn't make a UFA a RFA. Again, I say this as the GM (and fan) of a team that's got 2 premier FAs, one of which they'll be at serious risk of losing.
Get rid of the match. It just doesn't work smoothly.
Their should be a way to keep your own players. Maybe you can restructure a player or keep an extra player at some rate times his previous contract, but not both. But that may not work either. I don't think we lose that much from last year by removing the match rule.
I don't think we need the match option as long as we can create enough roster flexibility in other ways.
I'm perfectly content to lose it, even though it would make my job a lot tougher. There are ways of keeping your own guys in the fold if you really want them, and if not. . . well. . . that's how it goes some times. I think that the main problems that it presents is that it takes a number of players off the market that should otherwise be available and overall makes things more complicated than they need to be. We'd all like to stack things in our favors, but I think that it's better to outbid (overpaying sometimes) and allocate your cap space to do it, than to have a free pass to sign a player that someone was willing to offer more money to. . .
Ok guys. I am just going to scrap the matching. It sounds like the majority are ok with that.
Yeah, that's fine. No problem for me.
Yes. They do.
And apparently that should say 600,000. I knew I saw 500,000 somewhere!
Now I'm confused.
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