terpfan wrote:My thoughts:
Ditching the AFT is one solution. That would prevent a team from getting totally out of a committment. My only concern with that is it still makes sense to backload contracts just for the simple fact that it's way in the future. Maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea to have some provision against an extremely backloaded (or frontloaded) contracts? Like say, no more than a certain percentage of the total money can be in any one year. I don't know, just thinking out loud here.
I brought this up in the offseason (as well as ditching the AFT), but didn't get much fanfare. It's a good debate...
I really think we should ban backloaded contracts. For example, let's say I wanna sign a player. And let's say I consider him to be the most valuable free agent at his position and I have a lot of cap space to work with. By our rules now, I can sign him to a 5 year/$50M contract with years 1-4 paying $200K and year 5 paying $49.2M. When year 5 comes, I can simply AFT him.
Here is what I propose:
1) Do away with the AFT. Cutting a player doesn't cost an owner too
much as it is.
2) All contracts must either stay the same or decrease from year to year. As someone already said, if an owner has the cap space one year for 1 or 2 huge contracts and wants to frontload, they should be able to do it. This is kind of like our version of the NFL signing bonus.
3) Keep the NTC. I know some of you don't like it for FA's, but I think it's good for giving owners more options when in bidding wars with other owners. It also allows owners with less cap a chance to compete with owners with $50M free.
What do you guys think?
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