RESTRICTED FREE AGENT DESIGNATION
Each year between the end of the Sunset Series and the day free agents declare, each team may designate one (1) player under their control as a restricted free agent. (RFA)
The RFA will enter free agency as normal and can be signed by any team. Once the player signs, the original team will 24 hours or until the next sim to decide whether to 1) match the offer made by the new team 2) negotiate a trade with the offering team that includes the player (a sign & trade back to his home club) or 3) decline to match the offer and the signing with the offering club will become official.
Unlike the franchise or legacy player rules, the RFA happens each year. Each team gets just 1 per season
except any team that currently has a franchise player under contract cannot also exercise the RFA rule.
The RFA isn't a permanent designation. It's just a one-time designation that can be used on any player per season.
The RFA's contract will be subject to the salary cap like any other player.
The idea here is that we don't need to create a new one and if we have a perma one, it'll be here when we need it.