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.
Jason is the founder of OTC and has been studying NFL contracts and the salary cap for over 15 years. Jason has co-authored two books about the NFL, Crunching Numbers and the Drafting Stage, which are widely circulated in the industry and hosts the OTC Podcast. Jason’s work has been featured in various publications including the Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, NFL Network and more. OTC is widely considered the leading authority on contract matters in the NFL.