Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins Threaten to Sue the NFL: A Fan’s Take

Things are about to get messy in the NFL because the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins are considering suing "anyone and everyone connected to the sudden removal of $46 million in total cap space over the next two years, based on the contention that their treatment of the term "uncapped year" too literally somehow created a competitive disadvantage."

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Think about this for a minute. The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins are talking about suing the NFL. Two teams that have hated each other since the moment that Dallas decided to field their first team have found common ground and plan to work together to battle a very unfair decision.

To recap what happened, the 2010 NFL season was an uncapped year, meaning there was literally no salary cap. Because there was no salary cap, teams could legally spend as much as they wanted on players for that season. A team could have signed all the star free agents to ridiculously high one-year contracts and dominated the NFL.

No one did that. However, Dallas added a bunch of Miles Austin's contract onto the 2010 year by restructuring his deal and the Redskins did the same with Albert Haynesworth, who gave them nothing in return. This was legal and the teams broke no rules.

However, days before the 2012 free agency period began, the NFL fined both teams, taking away $10 million in cap money from Dallas and $36 million from Washington. The NFL claims the reason was because the two teams took advantage of the rules, which created a supposed unfair advantage over the next few seasons. The teams broke no rules but the NFL fined them anyway.

According to NBC Sports, "the deal to take away the cap money was brokered between NFLPA executive DeMaurice Smith and the NFL Management Council Executive Committee, without a full vote of NFLPA leadership or NFL ownership." The article also mentions that the chairman of the CEC is John Mara, who owns the New York Giants, one of the teams that will benefit from damaging Dallas and Washington.

Another thing to take into consideration is that if the NFL punishes Dallas and Washington for not breaking a rule, there is a chance the NFL could be found guilty of collusion, meaning the uncapped year was just for show. The problem is that the NFL is trying to hurt Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder, two men who may not care what damage their lawsuits do to the league.

The NFL made a mistake in punishing the teams for nothing and now the entire league may pay for it.

Author Shawn S. Lealos has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma (2000) and has been a Dallas Cowboys' fan since he was a child. His favorite players range from Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett to the Triplets of the 90s and he enjoys talking about all Cowboys' related news, good or bad

Source: NBC Sports

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Updated Sunday, Mar 18, 2012