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11-09-2012, 01:07 PM
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I think 7 year limits with a 10% allowable change per year would be reasonable. Still allows front loading, but to a much lesser degree. For a player with a $7M salary year 1, here's the most it could drop under that system:
7, 6.3, 5.67, 5.103, 4.5927, 4.13343, 3.720087

AAV of $5.217031M

To me, that's not too much. Year 7 can at lowest be 53% of year 1, compared to the current limit of year 2 being able to be 50% of year 1.

5% change wouldn't allow owners to have contracts factor in the increase that qualifying offers would include, since that's a 10% increase. Even at 10%, this wouldn't allow a player to make $4.5M year 1 and $5M year 2, something pretty standard in a lot of contracts. 5% is too restrictive and 5 years is probably too short for the players.

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