Many fans are outraged at the NFL's decision to penalize the Redskins one day before the free agency period begins.
WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The NFL announced Monday that it is taking away $36 million from the Washington Redskins' salary cap space and $10 million from the Dallas Cowboys because of forewarned incidents during the 2010 uncapped season.
The money will be distributed to 28 other NFL teams' cap space -- excluding the Raiders and Saints -- in a sum of $1.6 million. Dallas and Washington can choose to lump the money during the 2012 and 2013 off-seasons, whichever they deem more appropriate for their franchises. The NFL is evenly redistributing the fines in case of any legal ramifications from the NFLPA.
In March of 2010, the NFL operated without a salary cap because of the expiring of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The league warned teams that they would be penalized for "front-loading" contracts, meaning paying players large sums of money up early in their contracts, instead of allotting the payments throughout several seasons. The NFL reports that the Redskins and Cowboys unfairly took advantage of the season without cap space.
Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan is specifically reporting that the Redskins were reprimanded for their $21 million payment to Albert Haynesworth and their $15 million payment to DeAngelo Hall.
Shortly after the NFL announced the reprimand of the Redskins, the team released O.J. Atogwe and Mike Sellers.
Obviously, this is going to have a gigantic impact on the plans General Manager Bruce Allen and Head Coach Mike Shanahan had laid out. Washington was supposed to have the most cap space in the entire NFL.
On Monday evening, The Redskins released a statement from General Manager Bruce Allen on the reports that the team will be docked $36 million in cap space:
"The Washington Redskins have received no written documentation from the NFL concerning adjustments to the team salary cap in 2012 as reported in various media outlets. Every contract entered into by the club during the applicable periods complied with the 2010 and 2011 collective bargaining agreements and, in fact, were approved by the NFL commissioner's office. We look forward to free agency, the draft and the coming football season."