Owners, players ratify cap deal that punishes Redskins, Cowboys
PALM BEACH, FLA. | NFL owners ratified the agreement between the league and players’ union that takes away $36 million in salary cap space from the Redskins and $10 million from the Cowboys.
Other than Dallas and Washington, no club voted Tuesday to oppose the agreement, which raised the salary cap for 2012 from about $113 million to $120.6 million. The Cowboys and Redskins have sought arbitration, which will be conducted by University of Pennsylvania professor Stephen Burbank.
Both teams were penalized for overloading contracts in the 2010 uncapped season despite league warnings not to do so. Each must take at least half the reduction this year.
The Cowboys will play in the season opener on Sept. 5 at the Super Bowl champion New York Giants. That game will be on a Wednesday night for the first time; President Obama is scheduled to address the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 6.
The owners also approved competition committee recommendations for points of emphasis in the upcoming season, including blows to the head, horse-collar tackles and taunting.
The owners will vote Wednesday on whether to make horse-collar tackles of quarterbacks in the pocket a penalty.
New Orleans coach Sean Payton planned to meet with Bill Parcells on Tuesday about coaching the Saints this season. Payton will be serving a suspension.