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Madden 23 Franchise Mode Is Inspired by Real-Life Off-Season Chaos

The NFL has done pretty well keeping relevance year after year for a sport that has an entire season in less than six months. Its authenticity needs to be reflected in Madden NFL 23.

NFL training camps reopening soon, football fans may find themselves reflecting on what has been, without a doubt, the most eventful off-season in recent memory - possibly in the history of the league.

Many high-profile wide receivers have moved away from established positions on established teams in order to obtain major financial rewards.

The star quarterbacks like Russell Wilson were traded, retired (and then unretired) like Tom Brady, and veterans like Bobby Wagner and Von Miller joined teams already hunting for a championship.

Tiburon has aimed to give Franchise players more control than fans have seen players like Adams and Brady claim in previous Madden games. When it comes time to build a championship-caliber team, players will have the same sense of frenzy they enjoyed when they were drafting contracts and free agents.

NFL teams know that you don't just win games on the field. Sometimes the winning season is decided in the draft room and front office. In Madden 23, the new contract tools finally replace the series' outdated model for determining a player's best positioning based on a vague starting position.

This is what Tiburon calls "simplified," and they can be considered such, but they are also more sophisticated and detailed than ever before, which is good news for capologists, both in solo and online leagues.

With Madden 23, you can offer one of four basic contracts to free agents: team-friendly, player-friendly, neutral, or maximum offer. The ability to tweak it beyond those templates remains, but at the very least comparing what a good deal for a player versus a team looks like can help make sense of one of Madden's most opaque components.

The free agents will not only evaluate your offer from a financial standpoint, but also from a much longer, and sometimes humorous, list of factors.

Things like whether they are expected to start, what the team's overall chances are of winning games, and even whether the team is based in an income tax state, are considered. Occasionally, teams like the Dolphins, Buccaneers, and Jaguars get a leg up in the free agency, but this is only one factor.

Madden is not the first to use this system. Some players may recall it being there a few years ago, but not in recent years. The assumption is that it will be done more authentically, causing the money to still generally win out, but not always.

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