League Manager is a great tool and while it is a great tool it does require quite a bit of commitment. There is absolutely NO TRADING, SIGNING OR RELEASING THROUGH THE CONSOLE! Seriously - do not do any of these through the console but ONLY through League Manager.
This way you can add the amount of years as well as how much you are paying.
When it comes to cuts - guess what your paying the cap hit! However what I am doing with my league is if you want to cut someone I will only require one year of a cap hit.
Trades - I can edit it so there will only be a 1 point cap hit for one year and then will adjust the contracts when the trades go through.
But again this takes COMMITMENT! You need to post and tell me who you are cutting and who you are trading BEFORE DOING ANYTHING! If you do not listen to this part and you go ahead and trade or release someone and say that player has a 5 year 44 point salary....for 5 years you will be paying him. Nothing I can do about it.
I am still deciding if I want to do the simple point scale system or actual salaries (so it will be millions instead of a simple point scale)
Do NOT ask me multiple times why League Manager is not updated. I will update it often.
When you make a move on league manager IT WILL AUTOMATICALLY GO THROUGH ON XBOX! You may have to refresh if you are in the franchise though to have it actually update.
There WILL BE A ROOKIE SCOUTING AS WELL AS THE DRAFT CONSOLE through League Manager. According to developers it is in the testing phase and is NOT READY TO ROLL OUT YET! This means when we do the rookie draft you CAN'T DRAFT ON XBOX! You must draft on LEAGUE MANAGER! The reason for this is LM takes into consideration what draft picks were traded. Also on XBOX it shows everyone's ratings and I do not know yet but I think LM will have ratings hidden.
You MUST maintain your salary cap.
Lavar these below are just rules I went with as it keeps things more fair:
ONLY ONE FREE AGENT SIGNING PER WEEK! Again ONLY ONE free agent signing per week.
If there is an injury of 5+ weeks you can make a signing ONLY TO THAT POSITION to cover it, regardless if you made your ONE FREE AGENT SIGNING!
If week one you made no signing this does NOT mean week two you are able to sign TWO FREE AGENTS!
You CAN cut someone and sign someone in that same position REGARDLESS if you made a free agent signing but it must be WITHIN 9 OVR POINTS! So no cutting a 50 OVR DE for a 89 OVR DE.
League Manager is NOT AN OPTION! You are required to use this. I keep up with LM and frequently check everything as far as free agent signings and everything else. If you break the above rules I will remove the players from your team.
If you have questions about LM ask me. I do not know the answers to everything as this is the first year they have had this, however I have played around with it in two leagues (three if you count the failure ES one) and I have also talked to developers and read up on a lot of the tweaks and features and am pretty knowledgeable.
IF I go with the POINT SCALE SYSTEM they sometimes auto-generate the contract years. So you will have until end of week 6 to tell me what contracts need to be fixed.
What does the above mean?
Say Michael Vick in LM says he has 1 year left on his contract. IRL he signed a 7 year deal. You let me know and I will adjust it.
This is one of the reasons I think I will be going with the actual salaries because as far as I know it does have the contracts all fixed.
FREE AGENT BIDDING:
Free agent bidding is pretty awesome. Through League Manager we will have it so we will bid on free agents in the offseason. Obviously we will set up a time to do free agency and since it is through league manager everyone should be able to make it. The fun part about this is we will get into some crazy bidding wars with high free agents. I also will make it so the highest bidder is hidden - so if you were outbid it will just come up saying there is a higher bidder. There is a tab that will keep an eye on the players you have targeted. There will be a pop up box when you are trying to bid on a free agent that will show your available space and how much is tied up into free agents.
Also as in the real NFL END OF WEEK 6 IS THE TRADE DEADLINE! At that point I will ask Lavar to turn off trade on the XBOX and I will close trading in League Manager.