It's been a few weeks since the NFL docked $46 million combined off the Redskins and Cowboys salary cap over the next two seasons, but the issue isn't going away. On Friday, Yahoo! Sports cited sources in the NFLPA who alleged that Roger Goodell strongarmed them into "collusion", and this weekend we found out that the Redskins and Cowboys filed a formal grievance with the NFL and NFLPA.
Now the owners are at The Breakers in Palm Beach for their annual meetings, where Giants owner John Mara spoke out Sunday:
"I thought the penalties imposed were proper," Mara said. "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."
Meanwhile, Cowboys vice president (and Jerry Jones' son) Stephen Jones, sniped back: "That's John's opinion, that's not my opinion" Jones said. "We have our views and they have their opinion. Obviously, that's why we will go before an arbitrator."
So, if you're keeping track at home, players are upset with the NFLPA (for co-signing the cap penalties), the NFLPA is upset with the NFL (for strongarming them into said co-signing), the Redskins and Cowboys are upset with everyone, and rest assured, there are still plenty of owners like Mara who are upset with the Redskins and Cowboys. You know what this anti-trust orgy needs now, right?
An owner battle royale at the Breakers.