The Thrill wrote:
Really, you could handcuff yourself this year in order to obtain two marquee players and the rest of your team is dirt. But it sets you up to have cap space the following years. If I pay $30M + $30M on two marquee players this year, but it drops to $20M + $20M (or potentially down to $18M + $18M (10% drop from the max of $20M), that leaves some decent cap space for the future...
the part of my post that you quoted was in the draft rules (the ones we voted on), good thing you read everything before voting
you can't offer 18M in remaining years. the moment you decide to go over 20M in year one remaining of the contract is locked at 20M
per year. also contract length depends on 1st year salary too. you can't choose to pay 21M in year one and add just year 2 at 20M, if your year one is in the 20.25m-30M range you have to offer 3 years, not up to 3 years. 30.25-40 means 2 years with 2nd at 20M and 40.25+ means just one year