The NFL will dock the Washington Redskins $36 million in salary cap space over the next two years and the Dallas Cowboys will lose $10 million after each team engaged in "systemic dumping" of salaries during the uncapped year.
I didn't even know there was a rule like this in place but, according to multiple reports, the Redskins and Cowboys were warned about it several times. Pro Football Talk reports that the league told teams "at least six times" that there would be consequences for teams who used the uncapped year as a vehicle to dump as much money as possible and decrease future salary cap numbers.
The disconnect I see is that the NFL should have said back in 2010 that the Redskins and Cowboys contracts were a problem. Maybe they did and we just don't know that but it seems to me that if they violated some sort of rule then the league should have informed them of that back then, and not two years later.