16) Holdouts

a) Holdout Immunity – Rookies are immune from holdouts for the first 3 years after they enter the league. A player signed to a 5 year contract has immunity from holdout for the first 2 contract years. A player signed to a 4 year contract has immunity from holdout for 1 contract years. Remember that holdout considerations occur BEFORE the start of the next year.  So if Player A was signed to a 5 year extension in week 4 of 2013, he would be ineligible for a holdout for his performance in 2013 or in 2014.

b) Holdouts will be incorporated to bring top ranked players at their position into line with their peers. At the end of the completed fantasy season (week 16), any player whose end-of-year stats, as per the league website, place the player in the defined top tier at the players position, he is then subject to examination as a possible holdout candidate.

c) Positional tiers are defined as follows:

Top 10: QB, TE, DT
Top 15: RB, DE, CB, S
Top 20: WR, LB
Excluded: PK, PN, HC

d) If a top tier player is making less than 1/2 of the average salary of the highest paid players based on the position tiers in Section 12 c), the player is considered a “Stage 1 holdout player”.

e) A Stage 1 holdout player gets 50% of his holdout position salary (1/2 of the average of the highest paid players based on his position tier).

For example, if player A (RB) is currently on $10 contract and finishes in the top 15 for his position and the average of the top 15 highest paid players is $100, ½ of that is $50 so his Stage 1 holdout salary would become $50. Contract years do not change.

f) If a Stage 1 Holdout player is dropped prior to March 1st, the salary cap penalty would be based on the original contract. After March 1st, the Stage 1 Holdout salary comes into effect.

g) As per the rules stated in Section 9, a Stage 1 Holdout player is eligible to sign a contract extension, but, unless the contract extension is made to be equal to the average of the highest paid players based on his position tier in year 1 of the contract, the player retains his holdout status.

h) If the player reaches the top tier at his position again during the life of his current contract, the Stage 1 Holdout contracted player will be considered a Stage 2 Holdout Player.

i) To resolve a Stage 2 player holdout, the owner has 3 options which must be decided by March 1:

1. Accept the new contract demands for their holdout year. The owner may choose to accept the player’s new contract demands. The player then signs a new contract with a year 1 salary equal to the average salary of the highest paid players based on the position tiers in Section 12 c).  The length of the new contract is solely at the owner’s discretion as per the league rules. After March 1st, the Stage 2 Holdout salary/contract comes into effect. The holdout player can be traded during the designated trading periods with the new team owner bearing the same responsibilities as the previous team owner.

2. Reject the new contract demands. The owner may choose to reject the player’s new contract demands thus putting the player on the Dynasty Taxi Squad (under the salary of his current contract). In this case, all taxi squad rules, except for DTS acquisition, apply to the roster size, salary cap, and lineup restrictions. Once the owner does this then the player is on the holdout squad for the remainder of the year (and may not be cut or activated). After the next season, the owner has until March 1 of the next year to activate him or drop him to UFA without salary cap penalty. If the owner trades a holdout player, the new team gets the same rights/decisions/consequences as the prior team.  If a player demoted to the taxi squad makes the top tier again while demoted, then upon activation he must either be granted the Stage 2 Holdout Salary for that new year, or cut.  If the player does not make the top tier while being placed on the taxi squad, he shall be placed back to the active roster under the terms of his stage 1 holdout salary (plus any 20% annual bumps since then), and shall no longer be a holdout candidate (either stage 1 OR stage 2) until his current contract has expired.  If his contract is extended, however, he shall then be eligible to be a stage 1 holdout candidate again.

3. Waive the player. The owner may choose to release the player. An owner can release a holdout player up until March 1.  There will not be any salary cap penalty when a team owner exercises this option.

j) If a player doesn’t reach the top tier at his position between Stage 1 Holdout and Stage 2 Holdout, he maintains his status as a Stage 1 Holdout player, maintaining the agreed holdout salary plus the usual 20% yearly increase until his contract expires.