Reporting Grant Paulsen
PHOENIX, Md. (CBSDC) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has officially end the Washington Redskins hopes of recouping some (if not all) of a $36 million salary cap penalty levied against them.
“I’ve told the Redskins directly that there will be no change in the modification to their cap,” Goodell said Monday at the owner meetings in Phoenix.
Washington has been hampered by a $36 million cap hit, divided equally over the past two seasons.
The Redskins – penalized for unloading major bonus money on a pair of contracts back in 2010 – have been a non-factor in free agency over the last week because they have no salary cap space. The team was hopeful that it could get at least a portion of the money back. But Goodell made it clear on Monday that the NFL has no plans on lessening its ruling.
“I did meet with the Redskins, so did our staff, on two occasions over the last 30 days,” Goodell said. “[We wanted] to make sure we truly understood their position and they understood our position. But as I said, there will be no change.”
Washington will now move forward a cash-strapped reigning division champion, lacking the funds it takes to bolster personnel.
Starting right tackle Tyler Polumbus agreed to a new two-year contract on Friday. The 27-year-old lineman is the 10th free agent the Redskins have retained this offseason (five unrestricted and five restricted). Contrarily, Washington has inked just a pair of free agents from outside the organization over the past week, coming to terms on a couple of minor deals with reserve tackles Tony Pashos and Jeremy Trueblood.
General manager Bruce Allen recently called the NFL’s decision to take $36 million away from the Redskins a “travesty of fairness.” When asked what he thought about that declaration by Allen, Goodell didn’t offer a response.
“I don’t have a reaction to it,” the Commissioner said.
The owners’ spring meetings run through Wednesday. AFC head coaches are expected to meet with the media on Tuesday and their NFC counterparts will be holding court on Wednesday.