The following article was written by Spencer Wingate.
The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins were hit with a combined $46 million salary cap penalty for their spending in the uncapped year of 2010. The NFL Management Council under leadership of John Mara, the New York Giants owner, determined the teams gained an unfair advantage, so proper punishment must be imposed. The penalty was unprecedented, leading to an open debate about how the Cowboys and Redskins would respond. It was unclear if they would accept the punishment or sue any and everyone involved in the decision.
The two teams have weighed their options and decided to band together. They filed a grievance against the NFL and NFLPA to have the salary cap penalties overturned. Throughout the ordeal, the Cowboys and Redskins have claimed they violated no rules or policies. With the appeal, the teams have decided to legally challenge the cap hit before an arbitrator. Stephen Burbank will serve as the arbitrator in the case. The two teams must demonstrate they did not break any articles of the leagues’ legal agreement. It seems the Redskins and Cowboys will have a compelling case. They may have gained an unfair advantage, but no rules were actually broken with the absence of a salary cap.