Madden 23 Franchise Mode Is Designed With Real-Life Off-Season Chaos In Mind

For a sport that’s entire season unfolds in less than six months, the NFL has done well to maintain relevance year-round. In striving for authenticity, Madden NFL 23 needs to reflect that. With NFL training camps re-opening soon, football fans may be looking back on what has been, without a doubt, the most eventful off-season in recent memory–arguably in all of NFL history. Big-name wide receivers like Tyreek Hill and Devante Adams pushed themselves out of cemented roles onto new teams for massive paydays. Star QBs were traded, like Russell Wilson, retired (and then un-retired) like Tom Brady, while other vets like Bobby Wagner and Von Miller joined teams already knocking on the door to the Super Bowl.

For this year’s Madden, the team at Tiburon has sought to give Franchise players more of that control fans have watched the likes of Adams and Brady claim for themselves. New contract tools and a deeper free agency experience are some of the marquee changes to the game mode, and if they’re done right, should give players a similarly frenzied feeling when it comes time to build a championship-caliber team.

Every NFL team knows that you don’t just win games on the field. A season can sometimes be decided in the draft room and front office. Madden 23’s new contract tools finally replace the series’ outdated model of guessing the sweet spot for getting a player to sign with you based on a vague starting position. Tiburon calls these new tools “simplified,” and they are, but they’re also objectively more nuanced and detailed than ever before, which is great news for capologists in both solo and online leagues.

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Author: Mark Delaney