Cowboys and Skins Cap Penalty Appeals Denied

It appears that the appeal that the Cowboys and Redskins have tried for in regard to their salary cap case is now officially over.

Earlier today, Professor Stephen Burbank dismissed the grievance, and the two teams have walked away from the situation, saying they would not do any more legal actions against the league.

The NFL took away chunks of cap space from the Cowboys and Redskins ($10 million and $36 million, respectively) because of front-loaded contracts handed out during the uncapped year in 2010. The two teams appealed to an arbitrator, but the NFL announced Tuesday that the appeal was dismissed.

According to NFL general counsel Jeff Pash, speaking to media at the owners meetings in Atlanta, Professor Stephen Burbank dismissed the grievance filed by Washington and Dallas.

Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder made it clear that they would fight the NFL’s decision, and at the end of March, the two teams filed their grievance against the NFL and NFLPA with Burbank. On Tuesday, they made it clear they wouldn’t pursue additional legal actions against the NFL.

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

They then continued with the legal procedure despite the owners voting 29-0 to impose the cap penalties against the two teams, but that legal procedure has hit the proverbial wall with Burbank’s dismissal.


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