NFL owners uphold Redskins cap penalties


New York Giants owner John Mara is one of the main reason penalties were given to in-division rivals Dallas and Washington. Coincidence or conspiracy?. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

On Tuesday, the NFL owners voted to unanimously uphold the harsh penalties imposed the Redskins and Cowboys for “violations” that weren’t even violations. During the 2010 off-season, an uncapped year, the two teams are accused of “front-loading” their expensive contracts into that year. In other words, players like Albert Haynesworth, DeAngelo Hall, and Miles Austin recieved a majority of their contracts during that season.

Although it may sound bad to Redskins fan, the league did warn the teams that there would be “consequences” for teams that try to do so. The vote on Tuesday was night mandatory for owners, as it was more of a “show of support”.

However, Washington’s front office has filed a case of “grievance” to an arbitrator, and will be heard by Stephen Burbank. Burbank, a University of Pennsylvania law professor, also serves as the NFL’s arbitrator.

The cap room stripped of Washington and Dallas, as of now, is $36 million and $10 million, respectively. The combined $46 million is to be distributed to 28 of the teams in the NFL. New Orleans and Oakland were found guilty of the same “Crime”, but to a much less extent.

Here’s hoping Mr. Burbank will rule in our favor! Someone send that guy a jersey or something…

What do you think? Will the penalties be upheld? Do Dallas and Washington deserve these penalties?

Topics: Cowboys, NFL, Owners, Redskins

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