Fanspeak’s Manage the Cap Free Agency Simulator


Our friends over at Fanspeak had a really fun idea that I thought many of the readers at OTC would enjoy and I want to tell everyone a bit more about it.  Fanspeak created a tool called “Manage the Cap” that allows you to simulate free agency from start to finish for your favorite team.  You’ll get to take over your franchise and see if you can put together plan to build your roster for 2015. We partnered with them to supply the salary cap data so the baseline numbers will play outsimilar to the real team numbers.

So how does it work?  Go to Manage the Cap and select the team you want to be GM of. Go in there and make whatever salary cap cuts you want to trim the fat off your roster and then the real fun of Free Agency begins. The Manage the Cap simulator will give a list of players who were cut, had their contracts restructured by their team, or were re-signed right on the eve of free agency.

From there you begin to make your best offers to free agents just as you would in free agency. Set your targets for day 1 because if your offer gets declined the free agent pool will begin to dry up on day 2. Your offers might be accepted or rejected by the players depending on the money offered with the simulator coming up with a salary cap charge for the player.  When you are happy with your team simply let Manage the Cap simulate the rest of free agency for the league and then share some of the results with your friends.

I’ll put some links up on the site to it over the next few days, but I definitely recommend having some fun with it and seeing what you can do in free agency. If you want to play around even more with the numbers come back here and use the calculators to see how much more you can minimize the cap hits of your signings and how it impacts you in the future to see if your free agent plan leads to the 2015 New Orleans Saints or the 2015 Seattle Seahawks.

Manage the Cap Free Agency Simulator

  • Jim

    Just played with it a little. Some “projected” contracts seem a bit optimistic:

    Dez Bryant (WR) was re-signed by the Dallas Cowboys for $18,800,000 per year for 7 years
    DeMaryius Thomas (WR) was re-signed by the Denver Broncos for $18,900,000 per year for 4 years
    Jeremy Maclin (WR) was re-signed by the Philadelphia Eagles for $12,500,000 per year for 4 years

    • Kirk Vollmer

      That’s weird, I took the Colts and tried to sign Nicks to a 2 year deal worth 2 million a year and he flat rejected it. But the computer gets to sign him for min salary (or less) for 4 years?

  • Troy Chapman

    Pretty cool. Some player cuts I made did not change the dead money listed for my team like it should have.

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  • Tried it out and, while it was interesting, it’s not allowing you to structure contracts to be cap friendly. I was able to use Jason’s cap calculator to allow for team-friendly deals, in which signing bonuses are utilized to spread cap hits as evenly as possible.

    As an example, it gave me a $42 million cap hit for Demaryius Thomas, even though my exercise through Jason’s cap calculator would put much of that money into a signing bonus. I don’t think Fanspeak’s model is taking the signing bonus concept into consideration.

    And what Jim said about RFAs, and then there’s ERFAs to consider. All count toward personnel decisions and the cap.

  • Kirk Vollmer

    Biggest problem I had with it is that for the Colts, this year is likely going to involve extending key players from the 2012 draft. TY Hilton being the biggest among them.

  • NW86

    Yes, there are definitely a lot of factors missing, and some quirks in the system. That’s why it’s clearly marked as a “Beta”. It’s still a fun little exercise though and a cool concept, so I hope they keep working on it.