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Redskins, Cowboys File Grievance Over NFL Salary Cap Penalties

It looks like the Redskins and Cowboys will fight the NFL's decision to penalize them millions of dollars in salary cap space for using the NFL's uncapped year to front-load salaries and save future cap space. The teams have begun the process, filing a formal grievance against the NFL and NFLPA, according to a report from ProFootballTalk.

The NFL has docked the Redskins $36 million dollars and the Cowboys $10 million dollars in cap space, which can be spread across the next two seasons.

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It has been reported that the NFL repeatedly warned teams not to use the uncapped year to manipulate the salary cap, but that could also be perceived as collusion. That will be an important debate, especially since the decision could come from outside the League:

The fact that the Cowboys and Redskins included the union in the grievance triggered the procedure that allows the teams to avoid a situation in which Commissioner Goodell resolves the matter. Instead, a true outsider will determine whether the action complied with the terms and/or the spirit of the labor deal.

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