WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The NFL released a statement confirming the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys have filed a grievance against the combined $46 million in salary cap adjustments levied against them for contract practices during the uncapped 2010 season.
As 106.7 The Fan reported Sunday, a date has not been set for the arbitration hearing.
The league said owners were apprised of the situation during Monday’s proceedings at the annual league meetings in Florida.
The Redskins were docked $36 million in cap space over the next two seasons. The team must account for at least half of that space this offseason.
The full NFL statement
“The Cowboys and Redskins have challenged the NFL’s recent agreement with the NFL Players Association to set the salary cap for 2012 and to reallocate certain salary cap room from Dallas and Washington to 28 other clubs.
“The reallocation aspect of the agreement is intended to address competitive issues arising from contract practices by those clubs in the 2010 League Year intended to avoid avoid certain salary cap charges in 2011 and later years.
“Under the agreement with the NFLPA, the two clubs will be charged at total of $46 million in cap room in the 2012 and 2013 seasons ($18 million per year for Washington; $5 million per year for Dallas). That room, instead, will be reallocated to 28 other clubs in the 2012 or 2013 season as determined by the Club. (The New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders, which engaged in similar contract practices in 2010 at a far different level, will not receive any additional cap room. Those two clubs have not challenged the agreement with the NFLPA.)
“The agreement will promote competitive balance without reducing the salary cap or player spending on a league-wide basis.
“The arbitration will be heard by Professor Stephen Burbank of the University of Pennsylvania. No date has been set for a hearing. The clubs were advised of the proceeding at today’s league meeting. The NFL and Clubs will have no further comment at this time.”
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had been expected to address the media on Monday. It is unclear whether he will be given that opportunity.