Okay, everyone. We're looking at the following as a schedule. This is all tentative, and cdcox will update it as he gets all of the pieces in place.
Early next week you'll get an option to re-sign up to two departing free agents.
You'll also get your annual infusion of free agent dollars, which I think we've set at $450. This will be used to sign rookies in the next week, but also free agents over the next several months, so spend wisely. Any dollars you're holding from last year will carry forward, but with a 50% tax.
You'll have two days to sign free agents.
At the same time (give or take a day), we'll put the rookie draft up. The universe will consist of anyone who was drafted. Any undrafted rookies can be signed in the free agency period to follow. You can put your draft board together to prepare.
Draft day will start later in the week. Are there any strong preferences for the day of week? Candidates will likely be Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday (September 5th through 8th), with a likely preference for Friday here at Sandbox headquarters. Unless there's a huge outcry or quiet technical problem, we'll shoot for Friday the 6th.
When the draft starts, we will have one hour per pick. cdcox is trying to set up an e-mail notification, but we would advise you to have your draft board ready and monitor frequently. If you don't make your pick and don't have a draft board ready, you will draft the highest-drafted player still on the board, even if it's a Bronco or Raider.
My ancestors fought cave bears so I could make this post.