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CoVid Opt Out / IR / Practice Squad rules?

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So - we knew this year might be a little different than any other year.  With Damien Williams (among others) opting out for the year, we need to decide (all 12 owners) what we should do with opting out of the season (for CoVid or any other reason).

 

We've also talked about reworking IR a bit (to be more current with NFL rules).

 

I've also heard about interest in creating additional practice squad slots in the past.

 

I'm not sure if any of these are related, but there may be - so I'm floating this info out there for others to chew on.

 

Let me know if you have any thoughts - we should probably decide by contract submission at the latest to give people time to adjust to a rule change.

 

 

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Good suggestions and I support several of them.

 

This year, we should consider expanding the number of players a team can place and hold on IR and COVID IR without being penalized on the roster spot (i.e. can place on am IR roster spot and pick up another player for depth. I think one additional slot for this year only (until the next pandemic).

 

Also, players on our rosters should only be eligible for the IR if they are on the NFL IR list. If and when a player in the NFL is removed from the IR, that player on our rosters must also be removed and returned to the active roster.

 

 

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I have added a proposed rule change to the current IR portion of this that addresses players coming off IR during the season.

 

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i believe that  for those that have opted out for this season, owners should be able to retain those players without counting toward the overall 20-man roster count. I can see reasons for both counting towards contract yrs and not counting toward contract yrs, but  I would be interested to see if anyone else would be for having contract years be put on hold for those that do opt out. i.e. Shane/Gameday Demons has Damien Williams for 1 year left, putting it on hold would mean williams becomes an RFA in summer for 2022. It is important to note that NFL contracts are basically null and void for those that opt out, which supports the Damien Williams proposition above IMO.

 

In the case of those players that opt out mid season, I believe this should be treated similar to redshirting in college. If the player in question decides to opt out before say week 5, I believe the current contract year should be saved and not be used i.e. if Damien Williams decided to opt out right after week 4, it should be treated that the contract year was not used. This is not a matter of how many games were played but rather how many weeks have passed by. 

 

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I agree contracts should be on hold for a year if they are sitting out for COVID.

 

Thanks

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so in addition to those that have opted out for the season, there are those that have to sit out due to either having covid or having contact with someone with covid, but could eventually come back after the necessary quarantine. Matt Stafford, Gardner Minshew are some examples of this. I would say that for this year, we should add an extra IR spot, or having a separate covid sit-out list (separate than those that opt out for the year)

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Alright - after discussions with a few of you and a few thoughts mentioned here, here are my current thoughts on COVID's impact on our league for at least the duration of this fantasy football year:

 

I propose the creation of a separate designation per player on each team's roster for COVID concerns.  This designation is only for players who opt out of the season.  Any player that is designated as opting out per NFL rules would be eligible to be placed into this slot.  They would neither: 1.) count towards the player count for their team (20), 2.) count towards the team contract year cap (40), or 3.) lose any contract years.  Players would need to be designated to this slot no later than the start of games on week 5 to be eligible for this designation (think of it like redshirting).  At week 5 or beyond, each player that opts out would still lose a contract year.  The player would, therefore, be eligible for IR designation if you wanted to pick up another player.

 

Additionally, we may need to consider reducing the minimum credits for free agent acquisition during the season to just 1 credit.  I think this reduction in cost could be tied solely to an IR move in order to ease the burden of the pandemic.  We may need to consider increasing the IR slots as well.  This could work in conjunction with the changes to IR that Shane is proposing.

 

Let me know what you think.

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unless the "Redshirt" rule would apply for this.....

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Given the two post deadline opt out exceptions, I would not discard the redshirt concept 

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