III. THE DRAFT

 
A. Time and Place. The Draft shall occur sometime between each NFL season at a date, time, and place agreeable to all Owners. In the event of a dispute between one or more Owners regarding the date or time of the Draft preference shall be given to the date and time selected by the Owner who bears the greatest financial burden in attending the Draft, whether said attendance is physical, telephonic or otherwise.

 
B. Player Selection. Hereafter, all Players shall be obtained through the Draft. There shall be six stages of the Draft: 1a.) the Free Agent draft; 1b.) the resigning period 2.) the New Player draft; 3.) the Balance Player draft; 4.) the Plan A Player draft; 5.) the Plan B draft; 6.) the Waiver Player draft. Although Players may be obtained through Trades or retained through designation as a Franchise Player, no Player shall enter the Salt League other than by Draft or Expansion. Each Owner is responsible for adequately identifying all Players drafted by full name, team and position. Each Owner is also responsible for tabulating his or her remaining Free Agent, New Player and Longevity Money after each Draft Selection
 
1. Free Agent Draft. The Free Agent Player stage of the Draft consists of an unlimited number of rounds. Each round begins with a random generation of the order in which Owners may propose eligible Free Agents. Each Owner then proposes a Free Agent for bidding as his or her turn comes up. The opening proposal for all players is the greater of a.) the Player Value X 75% or b.) 1600K if a QB or 800 K for all other players. In order to propose a Free Agent the proposing Owner must have sufficient Free Agent Money (or other money allowed by the constitution, e.g. QB Fund or Longevity Money) to make the required opening proposal for the Player. However, after using all of his or her Free Agent Money an Owner may use up to 50% of New Player Money [Points] to propose and or bid upon his or her Restricted Free Agents. A round is completed when each Owner has either proposed one Free Agent or passed. If an Owner elects to pass instead of proposing a Free Agent, then that Owner may not propose any more free agents for the rest of the Free Agent portion of the draft. Once a Free Agent player is proposed by another owner, then any owner who has passed may bid on said player.
 
Bidding within each round continues in increments of 100K(2005) until a proposed Player is drafted. Subsequent to proposal all Owners wishing to bid on the Free Agent must either bid an amount greater than the last bid or match the last bid. An Owner can only match the prior bid if a.) the bid is on a Restricted Free Agent on the matching owner's team, or b.) the Owner had a superior Team Ranking than the last bidder. In the event that two Owners match, the tie goes to the team currently owning the Restricted Free Agent's rights.
 
Example one : A Restricted Free Agent WR, Ed Reed, on Owner A's team has a Player Value of $3000K. Owner B has been randomly selected to start the Free Agent proposals but he elects to pass. Owner C, has been randomly chosen as the second person to propose. He makes an opening proposal on Ed Reed of 2250K, 75% of cost. Owner D bids $3000K only has 500K left The Salt Bowl Champion, Owner C, had the Salt Leagues best Team Ranking the prior Season and elects to match Owner D. Owner D bids 3500K. Owner A, the owner of Reed, matches thus precluding Owner D from any further bidding on Reed. Owner C bids 3550K, Owner A matches again. No one else bids on Reed and Owner A retains his Restricted Free Agent at a cost of $3550K which he must take from his Free Agent Money, (or other money as allowed by the constitution.)
 
The Free Agent portion of the draft ends when every owner has passed.
 
1b. Re-Signing Period. After an amount of time deemed sufficient by the commissioner and accepted by the scribe, the Re-Singing period begins. Each Owner may choose to re-sign any of his own Restricted Free Agent players using his Free Agent Money (or any other money as allowed by the constitution, e.g. QB Fund or Longevity). The value of such player is the greater of a.) the Player Value X 75% or b.) 1600K if a QB or 800 K for all other players. If an Owner does not have enough Free Agent Money to re-sign an RFA player, the Owner may use up to 50% (cumulative) of his New Player Money, i.e., the total amount of New Player Money used by an Owner during the entire Re-Signing Period shall not exceed 50% of the team's New Player Money. The commissioner shall have discretion with regards to selecting a reasonable amount of time for the Re-Signing Period. The commissioner shall also have discretion in choosing teams to notify the scribe of their re-signed players.
 
2. New Players Each Owner shall use New Player Draft Money and or Longevity Money to acquire New Players or "Risk" Players at the Draft. Unused New Player Money may be traded or used to make Plan-B offensive linemen eligible as multi positional Players unused draft money will become part of a QB draft savings account. Money in this account can only be used for drafting QB's. Draft order for teams not making the playoffs in the preceding Season shall be according to the number of victories with the winningest team going first and with tied teams flipping a coin for the first round and alternating thereafter. Draft order for the playoff teams is the reverse order of playoff victories with the Salt Bowl Champion always going last.

 
4. Plan A Players Each Owner may select one player whose DKS Player Value does not exceed 600K Order of selection is the reverse of the prior years Team Rankings.

 
5. Plan B Players The plan B stage of the Draft has three rounds with each Owner selecting one Player in each round costing less than 181K. Order of selection is in the same order as that for the choosing of the plan A player (New SALT2002). All plan B Players have three Contract Years which do not count for or against the total number of Contract Years assignable by an Owner.

 
6. Waiver Players The final stage of the Draft occurs during the week following the Draft. Each owner may select as many players from the Official Players List of Waiver Players as are necessary to meet Roster Requirements. Players must be properly identified by full name, team and position. If two or more Owners select a Waiver Player the team with the lowest Team Ranking from the prior Season is awarded the Player and the Owner or Owners failing to obtain the Player may select another Waiver Player who is eligible at the same position. If no Players remain who are eligible at the chosen position the Commissioner shall assign any remaining Waiver Player that will assist in meeting Roster Requirements. All Waiver Players have one Contract Year which does not count for or against the total number of Contract Years assignable by an Owner. Waiver Players may also be selected during the course of the Season after any game in which a Player fulfilling Roster Requirements has been injured for more than one game. No team may select more than two Waiver Players during the course of a single Season.

 
7. "Risk" Player. This is a player who did not play at all during the immediately preceding NFL regular season. One "risk" player can be drafted per team. The cost of a risk player is based value for the primary position of the risk player. A risk player can only be a WR/RB/QB/OL or defensive player. Special teams shall not be considered a primary position. The risk player costs base value for the position. This player can be signed for 5 contract years (Change is for SALT2001) to be tallied against the total years allotted among the active chosen players. Only one such player can be chosen per team per year.
 
C. Contract Years Each Owner shall be responsible for assigning Contract Years to each and every Free Agent and New Player drafted by the Owner. The total number of Contract Years assignable shall be the product of (the number of Free Agents, New Players, and Plan A players (2005) drafted) times four. No Player shall be assigned fewer than one Contract Year nor more than five contract years. Failure to make timely assignment of Contract Years shall be deemed a waiver by that Owner of the right to make such an assignment and all Free Agents and New Players so drafted shall be given four Contract Years.

 
D. Draft Errors. Errors, omissions, miscalculations, mistakes and all other such occurrences during the Draft including but not limited to errors in tabulating available Money, erroneously identifying a player, and inadvertently failing to draft a team sufficient to meet Roster Requirements shall be the responsibility of the Owner or Owners making the mistake and shall be punishable by the imposition of a Penalty. All materials, statements or other information relied upon in drafting Players shall be the sole responsibility of the Owner relying on said materials, statements or other information and shall have no presumptive validity. The sole exception to this rule is that all Owners may rely on this Constitution, the Official Player Lists, and the Official Rosters promulgated by the Commissioner. These documents shall be presumptively valid and any Owner relying upon these documents shall be excused from any Penalty for errors Directly Affected by reliance upon these documents. If, prior to any and all transactions Directly Affecting a given Player, an Owner can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Commissioner that an Official Players List or an Official Roster contains an error, the error shall be corrected and from the time of correction forward be an amendment to the Official Player List or Official Roster.