Special Master Stephen Burbank sided with the NFL in dismissing a grievance filed by the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins over the league's penalties for salary cap violations during the uncapped 2010 season. Hours after Burbank's decision, the Cowboys and Redskins revealed in a joint statement that they would abide by the ruling and not pursue further action.
The joint statement released by the teams on Tuesday afternoon read:
"We pursued our salary cap claim pursuant to the CBA and we respect and will abide by the arbitrator's decision to dismiss. We will continue to focus on our football teams and the 2012 season."
Dallas was stripped of $10 million in cap space and Washington $36 million for contracts issued during the 2010 season, which was uncapped after owners opted out of the collective bargaining agreement. Burbank accepted the NFL's argument that the league and its commissioner can take action to maintain competitive balance within the league.