Yep, for those of you who were wondering whether or not Madden NFL 11 would stay true to life and mimic the real NFL in this aspect by having an uncapped season, you have got your answer. In an email conversation with Rob Semsey, Director of PR for EA Sports, I asked him all about this. When it comes to Madden I am a serious franchise guy and I know a lot of you are too. In theory, I had thought about this and thought that it would be rather hard to implement, I mean since you can’t duplicate the outside forces that keeps the NFL from having an all our free for all in this uncapped year, how would you do it in a video game? It seemed rather hard to me and I guess the guys at EA after thinking about it came to the same conclusion, that there was no way to do it well and therefore it wasn’t worth doing.
So for those of you that had been planning to try and go out and get all your favorite players in trades with no fear of salary cap issues the year later, sorry. Nope according to Rob, the salary cap will be handled just like it was last year. With that said though, that salary cap presents lots of issues for both hardcore and first time Madden franchisers alike, how do you build a team that’s good and not get so many cap penalties that the next season you have to start over because you can’t field a team? That’s actually one of my major gripes with Madden that I don’t know if they fixed this year but when you make a trade it doesn’t really explain to you the salary cap implications before you make the trade, you don’t realize your screwed till the next year. For those of us that know football, we get it but a lot of players still just don’t understand it.
How many of you have gone out and made a tons of trades and thought you have an awesome team only to try and start year two and be notified that you are over the salary cap and you need to free up salary cap space? The only problem being of course that you can’t actually do that without incurring even more cap penalties for the next year and gutting your team, so you end up having to start over. Madden is the best football simulation to date and yet they haven’t gotten that right yet. I mean its impossible to get into that kind of situation in real life because the owners and GM’s understand the implications of the action and in Madden they just don’t give you enough info, hopefully if they don’t improve on that this year they have it in the works for next year.