With coaching changes already in the works, the next big question about the Houston Outlaws’ 2020 season is the roster. After two mediocre seasons, many fans and analysts have wondered how much change the team was planning on making. Many have suggested that new coaching could solve most of their problems; others have advocated for keeping only one or two key players and fully rebuilding.
On Friday afternoon, the Overwatch League released the contract status of all current players. While this doesn’t solidify anyone’s future, it narrows down the options for some. Players currently fall under three statuses:
Free Agent: The player’s current contract has expired, and they are free to sign with any team — including negotiating a new contract with their current one.
Team Option: The team has the option to either renew the player’s current contract, or let it expire, thus making them a free agent.
Under Contract: The player’s contract extends into the 2020 season, but can be traded to another team, or mutually terminated in the case of player retirement.
Right now, the majority of Outlaws players are under contract. This means that the team itself controls most of its changes — very ...