Each team is allowed three practice squad slots. A practice squad player does not have a salary or a contract cap number. In order to start a player off of a practice squad that player must first be signed to an owner’s the active roster. That player is then not allowed to move back to the practice squad before clearing waivers. Additionally, any team in the league may sign a player off of another team’s practice squad by sending an email to the commish and the team with the rights to the player. The controlling owner then has 24 hours to respond and match the offer to the practice squad player or the practice squad player goes to the new team. If the controlling owner is not around to receive the message that is that owner’s fault and the practice squad player is lost. If more than one owner becomes interested in a practice squad player within a 24 hour period bidding will be handled like a restricted free agent.
Any player with a league minimum salary of $300 and a contract of one year may be placed on a practice squad at any time during the year as long as that player has not been started. A player with a salary greater than $300 or a contract longer than one year may not be put on a practice squad. To place a player on an owner’s practice squad the commish and the rest of the league must be notified via email or the league’s message board. Rookies or free agents can be picked up and moved directly to the practice squad without a free roster slot.
Players promoted from the practice squad will be given a mandatory one-year contract at $300, unless the player was on the owner’s roster at the start of the season. In this case, the player may be signed for up to 3 years.
When signing a player off another team’s practice squad or when matching a PS bid, the player can be signed for a maximum of 3 years.
The practice squad does not exist during the offseason (teams have 3 additional “active” roster spots during the offseason). All players on the practice squad must be either promoted to the active roster or cut at the beginning of the offseason. Additionally, players may not be demoted to the practice squad during the offseason until cutdown day.
Special Contract Rules Regarding Defenses:
Each team is only allowed to have one defense on their roster signed to a contract of over 1-year. This is to avoid teams hoarding defenses and because team defenses are not realistic to begin with.