RSO 2017 Off-Season Schedule

Updated: July 16th 2017

Welcome to the RSO off-season, where things can get even more interesting and exciting than during the season. Congrats to all of our 2016 league champions! Remember, it is never too early to start strategizing for 2017, and to help you better prepare for the upcoming season, please find some important dates and off-season rules/info below:

February 9th, 2017

February 9th, 2017 is the official start of the 2016-17 RSO off-season. Last season, the NFL announced the 2016 salary cap in late February, and we expect them to do so again this year around the same time. The 2017 NFL salary cap is expected to be anywhere from $160 mm to $165 mm. Since we have opened the site before the NFL has announced the 2017 salary cap, we will leave the cap at the 2016 level until the NFL announces the new salary cap for 2017. However, existing leagues will be able to commence the RSO off-season, meaning teams can make off-season trades and cuts. Additionally, new league creation will be available at this time.

April 27th, 2017 to April 29th, 2017 

These are the dates of the actual NFL Draft. Once the NFL Draft is completed, leagues will be able to conduct their RSO Rookie Drafts and Free Agent Auctions. The NFL Draft is set to end on Saturday, April 29th, 2017, and we expect to have all rookie information updated on the site by Monday, May 1st, 2017.

February 9th, 2017 to Three (3) Days Before Your League’s 2017 RSO Rookie Draft 

Different for every league depending on the date set for your 2017 RSO Rookie Draft, this is the “franchise tag designation period”. During this period, team owners must decide whether to place a franchise tag on a player whose contract expired in 2016 (the tagged salary for each player can be found by clicking the “Tag” button on the Team-Contracts tab). At the end of this period, players on expiring contracts will be removed from your Team Roster (unless you franchise tag a player). Additionally, at the conclusion of this period, team owners must have enough salary cap space to fill their respective rosters through the Rookie Draft and Free Agency in order to avoid having players automatically dropped from their rosters to create cap space. A Salary Cap Health Overview feature located on the Team-Overview tab contains all the information team owners need to ensure they have enough salary cap space. Note: no trades will be allowed during the three-day period between the end of the franchise tag designation period and your 2017 Rookie Draft. Trading will resume after the conclusion of your Rookie Draft. *Lastly, a new feature will be released this off-season which will allow you to finalize your franchise tag if you desire before the conclusion of the franchise tag designation period, which will in turn allow you to trade the tagged player if you want before your league’s 2017 Rookie Draft.

February 9th, 2017 to Three (3) Days Before Your League’s 2017 RSO Free Agent Auction

This period is the official duration of the RSO off-season for each league. The length of the off-season is important because of the rules surrounding off-season vs. in-season cuts. This is best explained by example. Assume you have Tony Romo under contract for $15mm in 2017 and $18mm in 2018. If you cut Romo during the 2016-17 off-season (i.e. up and until 3 days before your Free Agent Auction), you will only owe him $7.5mm in 2017 and then $9mm in 2018. If you wait until the off-season concludes before cutting Romo, you will owe him his full $15mm in 2017 in addition to the $9mm in 2018. Therefore, it is important to assess your roster and make desired cuts before your off-season concludes three days before your league’s 2017 Free Agent Auction.

September 7th, 2017

The first game of the NFL season will be held in Foxborough…it will be here before you know it!