Couple of things:
First, tell me if I'm not understanding the rules correctly regarding incremental/decremental contracts. I'll post the section in question again, just to make sure we're all reading the same thing:
3.2 VETERAN CONTRACTS
Veteran contracts result from the Free Agent bidding process. The rules that govern these contracts are as follows:
A contract (C) is described completely by 3 variables:
1. Base year salary (BYS) in millions of dollars (M)
2. Contract length in years (N)
3. Percentage of BYS for annual raise/reduction (r)
- C must be rounded to the nearest $10,000 (0.01M). Numbers ending in 0.001 - 0.004 may be rounded down, 0.005 - 0.009 are rounded up.
- The maximum BYS is 20M, and the minimum is 0.25M.
- If the maximum BYS is offered, then r must be 0%.
- The maximum r is ± 10% (± 15% with bird rights).
- The annual salary increase/decrease is a fixed amount; BYS x r
- The restrictions on N are:
If BYS is in the range 10M – 20M, N must be 2-4.
If BYS is within the range 5M – 9.99M, N must be 1-3.
If BYS is less than 5M, N must be 1 or 2.
Example 1: BYS = 6, N = 3, r = 10%; C = 19.8M (6 + 6.6 + 7.2)
Example 2: BYS = 16, N =4, r = -5%; C = 59.2M (16 + 15.2 + 14.4 + 13.6)
Note: C = 0.5N.(2.BYS + (N-1).BYS.r)
The way that reads to me is whatever the base year salary is (BYS), will determine how long the contract is. Regardless of length, the increase or decrease in salary must be within +/- 10%. So, if you go up from 10M for 3 years, it would be 10 + 11 + 12. If you go down from 10M for 4 years, it would be 10 + 9+ 8 + 7. Either one is a legal bid as long as it beats the current bid by .25M or greater, as per this rule:
4.2 FREE AGENCY
Minimum Bid Increments
- If BYS is less than 2.5M, C must increase by at least 0.1M
- If BYS is greater or equal to 2.5M, C must increase by at least 0.25M
- Teams can match previous bids only if the salary laws prevent them from improving on the leading offer, i.e. the contract is currently a max offer, or the bidding team is at its cap limit.
I've already got contracts which are structured this way, so I know what I'm reading should be correct. But feel free to point out my error in thinking.
Secondly, since when can we go around just throwing bids up, then retracting them? Isn't there some rule against that? Just curious...