Yeah, if anything, I find the FAs are still too eager to sign for too little money. Ho hum, another season with us all with 90+ players and the two new teams barely able to scratch together a B squad, no offense! The economic engine is broken in this and needs to be fixed before the new launch, whenever that is.
I'm always one FA from the title!
I do think the reputation thing is now too out of control. Rebels just signed Sontag for $3M and I offered $3.7M and was denied. I'm fine with that, actually, as they are defending champs and all, but I got some message that I was over the cap, which wasn't the case because my other FA hadn't yet declined my other offer. The system should default to whichever FA takes your offer first. Now you can't make concurrent offers to FAs. I agree you shouldn't sign more than you can afford, but if there are two FAs that are more or less equal in my book, I have to fight for one and if I lose, hope the other one wasn't taken yet? That's not true to life. Maybe I'm the only one that feels that way.
Regardless, until the salary cap and salary requests are realistic, FA combined with the elevated OVRs make the game kind of broken.