Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 4/18/12

PFT is reporting that the Redskins and Cowboys will have their grievance heard in May. The grievance is over the issue of the NFL forcing them to take salary cap hits for player contracts they front-loaded in the uncapped year.

The league contends that the Cowboys and Redskins violated the “spirit” of the salary cap during the uncapped year of 2010, even though the NFL approved all contracts submitted by the teams containing payments in 2010. The circumstances suggest that the NFL tried to impose restrictions on spending that didn’t exist in the labor deal, which would constitute collusion in the uncapped year.

I will be watching this one anxiously. I’ve discussed the topic at length already. I am of the opinion that the league didn’t actually punish either of the teams. In the end, the NFL forced the clubs to account for salaries that they were obligated to pay out anyway in a different manner. A punishment in my mind would have been to dock them draft picks or force them to take an actual penalty amount above what they were forced to move.

The Redskins didn’t have to pay a dime more than what they had agreed to pay Albert Haynesworth. They just weren’t allowed to dump it all in one year like they tried to do. The only thing in my mind that could be made to look punitive is the fact that other teams have an extra $1.6 million in cap dollars that the Redskins and Cowboys don’t have available.

I keep coming out on the minority side in this issue if I am taking the pulse of the public correctly. So, we’ll see.

[Related: Explaining the cap penalties on the Redskins and Cowboys]

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