A hearing for the Dallas Cowboys’ and Washington Redskins’ grievance case against the NFL, stemming from the combined $46 million cap hit levied to the teams by the league for front-loading contracts during the uncapped 2010 season, has been scheduled for May 5, according to a league source via Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News.
This will be the first hearing in the system arbitration case that will address the grievance filed last month against the league, the NFLPA and the NFL Management Council.
In a move that many saw as an abuse of power on the part of the league, the NFL hit the Cowboys with a $10 million cap penalty for front-loading certain contracts back in 2010--when there was no salary cap and therefore no punishment for exceeding a cap--which will be spread over the next two seasons; the punishment was even more severe for the Redskins, who took a $36 million penalty.
The money is to be spread through 28 other NFL teams, the Raiders and the Saints being the two unlucky teams who were found guilty enough to not get any additional space, but innocent enough to avoid a cap hit similar to those given to Dallas and Washington.
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