At the owner meetings last week, the owners voted overwhelmingly in favor of the salary cap penalties levied against the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys for front-loading contracts in 2010--the uncapped season. The final tally was 29-2-1, meaning that Dallas will have to wear the $10 million cap hit over the next two years. For the ‘Skins, that figure is $36 million.
Some have wondered, and rightfully so, if the Cowboys and Redskins are being punished for exceeding the imaginary salary cap in 2010, shouldn’t the teams that didn’t meet the imaginary salary floor--of which there were up to seven--be punished as well?
Well Goodell, in pure Goodellian fashion, isn’t getting into specifics.
“Did any teams gain a competitive advantage?” Goodell asked, per the Dallas Morning News. “That was the focus that the NFLPA and we had going forward; that's why we reached an agreement. We wanted to make sure coming out of this agreement that no one had a long-term competitive advantage.”
Of course, it’s a little curious that Goodell’s chief worry here seems to be competitive balance, while we’d imagine that teams underspending during the uncapped season did as much if not more to damage competitive balance than the teams that overspent. But, hey, it’s Roger Goodell’s NFL. We’re all just living in it, and at times, scratching our heads at what seems incredibly specious logic.
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