Found May 22, 2012 on Waiting For Next Year:

PFT has the story (as they always seem to do) about the Cowboys and Redskins losing in arbitration over the cap penalties that the NFL imposed against them. While there might be room for further debate on the topic, the statement from the teams sounds conciliatory.

“We pursued our salary cap claim pursuant to the CBA and we respect and will abide by the arbitrator’s decision to dismiss. We will continue to focus on our football teams and the 2012 season,” the statement says.

ProFootballTalk and its leader Mike Florio have mostly sided with Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder on the issue. The idea that they could be penalized for doing something outside the rules in a year with no rules does smell a bit funny. But as I’ve said time and again, it isn’t even really a big punishment. The two teams won’t have to pay any additional money, so it’s hard to categorize this as a penalty. In the end it seems more like a restatement of finances or an accounting switch.

[Related: Explaining the Cap Penalties on the Cowboys and Redskins]


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