Arbitrator dismisses Redskins salary cap appeal

Arbitrator dismisses Redskins salary cap appeal
May 22, 2012, 3:51 pm
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The Redskins are going to have to make do with 36 million less in salary cap space over the next two years than the rest of the NFL.According to multiple media reports, arbitrator Stephen Burbank has dismissed the challenge to a total of 46 million in salary cap penalties brought by the Redskins and the Cowboys.The Redskins were hit with 36 million in penalties over a two-year period for what the league said was affecting competitive balance by redoing contracts to move some of the salary cap effects from later years into the uncapped 2010 season. The Cowboys had their cap reduced by 10 million over two years for similar actions.It appears that Burbank agreed with the NFLs argument that commissioner Roger Goodell has broad authority to take actions to correct competitive imbalance and that the penalties were legal since the NFLPA signed off on them. The cap space the Redskins and Cowboys were penalized was spread around to 28 of the other 30 NFL teams.The Redskins have no comment on the matter at the present time.

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