In most cases, it does not cost anything to promote a player from the Taxi Squad to the Active Roster. You just need to make sure their salary can fit under the $100 cap.
There are three scenarios when a Taxi Squad activation could take place.
- A player is activated during the regular season. When this takes place, there is no cost.
- A player is activated during the offseason before the start of the league year (June 1). When this happens, there is also no cost. However, that player will be paid his full salary on June 1, so it’s always a better idea to activate after June 1.
- A player is activated during the offseason, after the start of the league year. If a team already has a full, 20-man active roster, there is no fee for promoting a player to the Active Roster and cutting someone to make room. If, however, a team has fewer than 20 players on their Active Roster, promoting someone from the Taxi Squad costs the league-minimum $1. This is because this is the equivalent of signing a veteran in the Auction and then cutting him to make room for the Taxi Squad player.
In all three scenarios, when a player is activated from the Taxi Squad, his salary still must not cause a team to exceed the $100 salary cap.