General Manager Bruce Allen said Monday the Washington Redskins were the victims of a ''travesty of fairness'' because of a $36 million salary cap penalty that has severely hampered the team's offseason plans.
Allen hedged, however, when asked whether the team was warned ahead of time about the behavior that brought forth the sanction, saying only that the team wasn't warned that a punishment would come two years later.
Allen and coach Mike Shanahan cried foul in a pair of who-knew-what-and-when news conferences on the eve of NFL free agency. The league's open market begins at 4 p.m. Tuesday, and the Redskins had hoped to open their wallets and begin spending on new players to help build on last year's NFC East title.
Instead, the team cut cornerback DeAngelo Hall and restructured the contract of defensive end Adam Carriker to get under the cap, but just barely. Shanahan said more cuts will be coming in the days and weeks ahead and that the team will be a minor player in free age...