As expected, the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins have formally challenged the NFL by filing a grievance protesting the league's decision to penalize both teams for 2010 salary cap practices, a punishment that will cost the teams a combined $46 million in cap room over the next two seasons.
The NFL confirmed Monday that the grievance will be heard by Professor Stephen Burbank of the University of Pennsylvania, in keeping with the collective bargaining agreement that states an independent arbitrator would settle such a dispute. No date has been set for the hearing, and the 32 club were advised of the grievance procedure during the first day of the annual league meetings in Palm Beach, Fla.
Both Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Redskins general manager Bruce Allen have publicly objected to the sanctions, saying the NFL approved all contracts signed during the 2010 so-called "uncapped" year.
The NFL says both teams signed deals "to avoid certain salary cap chages in 2011 and late...