Red­skins seek ar­bi­tra­tion for salary-cap cut

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports - BY RICH CAMP­BELL

The Washington Red­skins have sought ar­bi­tra­tion to dis­pute the $36 mil­lion salary cap penalty the NFL and play­ers union re­cently agreed to im­pose against them.

Ar­bi­tra­tor Stephen Bur­bank has power to en­force terms of the CBA and pro­vide “in­junc­tive re­lief,” ac­cord­ing to the col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment. It’s un­clear when Bur­bank, a pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, would hear the case or is­sue a rul­ing.

The spe­cific grounds on which the Red­skins are dis­put­ing the mat­ter also were un­known.

The Red­skins and Dal­las Cow­boys, who sep­a­rately were pe­nal­ized $10 mil­lion, filed for ar­bi­tra­tion un­der Ar­ti­cle 15 of the new col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello con­firmed Sun­day.

A Red­skins spokesman de­clined com­ment, re­fer­ring all ques­tions to the league. Gen­eral man­ager Bruce Allen last Wed­nes­day said it was up to the league to an­swer for the penalty.

On the eve of the new league year ear­lier this month, the Red­skins were docked a to­tal of $36 mil­lion in salary cap space over the next two sea­sons for mov­ing ex­pen­sive con­tracts into the un­capped 2010 sea­son in what the league con­sid­ered an at­tempt to gain a com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage.

The Red­skins had lit­tle more than $18 mil­lion sub­tracted from the $31 mil­lion in salary cap space with which they ex­pected to en­ter 2012. The rest of the penalty is sched­uled to af­fect their 2013 cap.

Some NFL own­ers were dis­pleased by how the Red­skins and Cow­boys re­struc­tured con­tracts to dump salary into the un­capped 2010 sea­son even though nei­ther team was found to have vi­o­lated the col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment, ac­cord­ing to a source with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion.

The league retroac­tively pe­nal­ized the Red­skins and Cow­boys de­spite ap­prov­ing those con­tracts at the time.

Ac­cord­ing to a source, own­ers would not set the 2012 salary cap and move for­ward into the new league year ear­lier this month un­til the union agreed to one of two op­tions: ei­ther a lower salary cap in 2012 than in 2011, or salarycap penal­ties against the Red­skins and Cow­boys, with that cap space dis­trib­uted equally among 28 other clubs. New Or­leans and Oak­land also were pe­nal­ized and were pun­ished by be­ing ex­cluded from the dis­tri­bu­tion.

Be­cause the NFLPA rep­re­sents play­ers em­ployed by all teams, not just the Red­skins or Cow­boys, it agreed to the op­tion that pays the most money to play­ers through­out the league, even though that came at the ex­pense of Washington and Dal­las.

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