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Report: Cowboys Will Be Docked $10 Mil In Cap Space By NFL

The penalty is a result of front-loading contracts in 2010--the uncapped season

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    The Dallas Cowboys are being docked $10 million in cap space for front-loading contracts during the 2010 season--the uncapped season, as it were--according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

    The $10 million hit will be spread over the next two seasons, and, as Schefter wrote today, is not the result of a “violation” per se.

    "According to the sources,” he said, per the Dallas Morning News, “the deductions are not termed as violations, but are part of a recent agreement the NFL and the Players Association made to raise the salary cap number while preserving benefit increases and the performance pool."

    Dallas wasn’t the only team guilty of this; the Washington Redskins will also be docked, in their case a staggering $36 million, also to be spread over the next two years. This must cause particular alarm for Washington as they just sent a bushel of draft picks to St. Louis, presumably in order to land Robert Griffin III in next month’s draft.

    Schefter explained via his Twitter account today that the money owed by Dallas and Washington will be spread among 28 other teams--everyone but the Raiders and Saints, who were just innocent enough not to have to pay anything, but just guilty enough not to receive any of the Cowboys' or Redskins' money.

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