Cowboys, Redskins Salary Cap Issues Are About 'Future Competitive Balance'

The NFL has issued a statement on the reports that the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys will lose salary cap space after using the uncapped year as a tool to dump money.

"The Management Council Executive Committee determined that the contract practices of a small number of clubs during the 2010 league year created an unacceptable risk to future competitive balance, particularly in light of the relatively modest salary cap growth projected for the new agreement's early years. To remedy these effects and preserve competitive balance throughout the league, the parties to the CBA agreed to adjustments to team salary for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. These agreed-upon adjustments were structured in a manner that will not affect the salary cap or player spending on a league-wide basis."

The NFL repeatedly warned teams not to use the uncapped year as a way to dump money and save future salary cap space. The Cowboys will lose $10 million in salary cap space between 2012-13 while the Redskins are out $36 million in cap space over the next two seasons.

The rest of the money will be distributed to 28 other teams, excluding the New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders, who presumably engaged in similar tactics as the Redskins and Cowboys.

For more on the Cowboys, visit SB Nation's Blogging The Boys and SB Nation Dallas. And for more on the Redskins, check out Hogs Haven and SB Nation DC.

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