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Cowboys Get Cap Penalty

In the uncapped 2010 season some teams front loaded contracts to gain cap space in future years. Other teams wonder if the NFL would take action against them.  According  to two league sources familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Monday that the Cowboys and Redskins will lose salary cap space over the next two seasons because they paid exorbitant amounts two years ago to get more spending room for the upcoming season. Both people spoke on condition of anonymity because the league did not identify the teams.

The Washington Post reported the Redskins will $36 million; the Cowboys will lose $10 million.  According to the NFL Network, teams were warned that penalties would be imposed if organizations attempted to front-load contracts to circumvent salary cap space in future seasons. The Redskins and Cowboys reportedly moved large portions of base salaries for players to shift the numbers off the books while there was no cap in place. Both teams say they complied with NFL rules during the uncapped year.

”The Dallas Cowboys were in compliance with all league salary cap rules during the uncapped year,” the team said through spokesman Rich Dalrymple. ”We look forward to the start of the free agency period where our commitment to improving our team remains unchanged.”

The Redskins’ statement from General Manager Bruce Allen said the team had not received written notification from the NFL of a salary cap adjustment for 2012.”Every contract entered into by the club during the applicable periods complied with the 2010 and 2011 collective bargaining agreements and, in fact, were approved by the NFL commissioner’s office,” he said. ”We look forward to free agency, the draft and the coming football season.”

With these penalties both should still have cap space for the start of free agency on Tuesday. The Redskins are around $40 million under the cap. The Cowboys are in the range of $5 million under the cap. Washington could lose up to 17 players this offseason, Dallas has 15 free agents.

Both teams could have lost draft picks as well. Some other NFL teams pushed for the loss of draft picks. The loss of picks would have made a huge mess for the Redskins who just traded three 1st picks to the St Louis Rams for the 2nd pick in the 2012 Draft.

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