My understanding is that as the salary cap has gone up the salaries of the top tier players has increased disproportionately more. So if the opposite applies on the way back down then that should also help shift a few away from the strongest clubs.A 400k player may turn down $500 because he’s got plenty of disposable income. If he has living costs of $200k, an extra $100k in savings is not much for extra job satisfaction when he has $200k extra anyway.
Relatively, if the cap was halved, a $200k player will give serious consideration to $250k which is proportionally the same under the new cap. He now has $0 excess income with $200k living costs and $50pa could now becomes a significant factor in his post career future.