Jan 02, 2011; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen prior to the game with the New York Giants at FedEx Field. The Giants defeated the Redskins 17 - 14. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

Redskins’ Allen issues statement, looks forward to free agency


Only one day after announcing a trade with the St. Louis that sent the Redskins’ first-round pick in each of the next three years along with a second-round pick from this season’s draft to the Rams for the rights to the second overall pick this year, the NFL has allegedly dropped the hammer on the Redskins for previous contract negotiations during the uncapped 2010 season. The reports circulating from various media outlets are that the Redskins will be penalized $36 million in cap money over the next two years and that they may disburse the penalty anyway they like (i.e. take $10 million hit this year, $26 million hit next year). Well, the Redskins and Bruce Allen had a few words concerning the matter, as reported by CBS Local’s Grant Paulsen.

The Washington Redskins have received no written documentation from the NFL concerning adjustments to the team salary cap in 2012 as reported in various media outlets. Every contract entered into by the club during the applicable periods complied with the 2010 and 2011 collective bargaining agreements and, in fact, were approved by the NFL commissioner’s office. We look forward to free agency, the draft and the coming football season.

According to Bruce Allen and the Redskins, there have been no such penalties handed down nor do they expect such. Fans of the burgundy and gold have officially been to heaven, then to hell and back in the last 48 hours. Also, it’s worth noting that the supposed violations were due to restructuring of Albert Haynesworth’s ($21 million) and DeAngelo Hall’s ($15 million) contracts that dumped the bulk of the money owed into a cap-less 2010 season.

Much more of the cap crisis and breaking news as free agency is set to begin tomorrow at 4pm. You can follow Riggo’s Rag (@RiggosRag) and myself (@KMawyer2) on twitter.

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