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Mara: Cowboys, Redskins "Lucky They Didn't Lose Draft Picks"

The Cowboys and Redskins are losing a combined $46 million in cap space over the next two seasons as punishment for front-loading contracts during the uncapped season

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    Two weeks ago, it was announced that the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins would be penalized for front-loading contracts in the uncapped season of 2010. The penalties? A $10 million cap hit for Dallas and a whopping $36 million hit for Washington, figured that will be spread out between 2012 and 2013.

    Some believed that the move was an abuse of power, as it punishes teams for something that, at the time, was well within the rules.

    Enter John Mara, the owner of the New York Giants and chairman of the NFL’s Management Committee, which imposed the aforementioned penalties. Mara not only thinks that the penalties were fair, but he says Dallas and Washington are lucky they weren’t punished more harshly as a result of their actions in 2010.

    "I thought the penalties imposed were proper," Mara said, per ESPN Dallas. "What they did was in violation of the spirit of the salary cap. They attempted to take advantage of a one-year loophole, and quite frankly, I think they're lucky they didn't lose draft picks."

    For what it’s worth, on Sunday, it was announced that the Cowboys and Redskins would file a grievance against the NFL.

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