As expected, the Redskins and Cowboys have filed an appeal against the NFL and NFLPA, stating they should not have been fined salary cap space for alleged rules broken in 2010. The league responded with a statement on Monday afternoon.
The league took a combined $46 million of cap space from the two clubs for front-loading contract in the uncapped year of 2010. The 30 other owners decided by vote to penalize Washington and Dallas for doing that, saying they altered the competitive balance of the league by outspending their competition. The money docked from the teams was evenly distributed to 28 of the other NFL teams.
The NFL’s full statement reads:
“The Cowboys and Redskins have challenged the NFL's recent agreement with the NFL Players Association to set the salary cap for 2012 and to reallocate certain salary cap room from Dallas and Washington to 28 other clubs.
“The reallocation aspect of the agreement is intended to address competitive issues from contract practices by those clubs in the 2010 League Year intended to avoid certain salary cap charges in 2011 and later years.
“Under the agreement with the NFLPA, the two clubs will be charged a total of $46 million in cap room in the 2012 and 2013 seasons ($18 million per year for Washington; $5 million per year for Dallas). That room, instead, will be reallocated to 28 other clubs in the 2012 and 2013 season as determined by the Club. (The New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders, which engaged in similar contract practices at a far different level, will not receive any additional cap room. Those two clubs have not challenged the agreement with the NFLPA.)
“The agreement will promote competitive balance without reducing the salary cap or player spending on a league-wide basis.
“The arbitration will be heard by Professor Stephen Burbank of the University of Pennsylvania. No date has been set for a hearing. The clubs were advised of the status of the proceeding at today's league meeting. The NFL and Clubs will have no further comment at this time.”
As the statement says, there is no date set for the appeal hearing.