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Cowboys victory means win for 'Skins

In less than two months, and barring an unlikely agreement between the NFL and the players union on a new CBA, the salary cap will disappear.

Since the salary floor also will evaporate, it’s believed that more teams will spend less, not more, in 2010.

The exceptions are expected to be the Cowboys and the Redskins, teams many believe will launch a Red Sox-Yankees-style spending spree in the hopes of buying the Super Bowl that will be played in, of all places, Dallas.

But with the Cowboys winning a postseason game for the first time since 1996, they now fall within the “Final Eight Plan,” a measure aimed at ensuring competitive balance in an environment with no spending limits.

Under Article XXI, Section 3 of the CBA, the Cowboys, Cardinals, Vikings, Saints, Jets, Ravens, Chargers, and Colts will be limited in their ability to sign unrestricted free agents in 2010.

First, the Final Eight teams may sign any unrestricted free agent who obtained that status by being released and clearing waivers.

Second, the Final Eight teams may sign any unrestricted free agent who was under contract with that team at the conclusion of the 2009 league year.

Third, one unrestricted free agent may be signed for each unrestricted free agent that a Final Eight team loses, but only at the same first-year salary the departed player receives elsewhere, with limitations on future growth of the deal.

Fourth, the Final Eight teams may sign one unrestricted free agent at a first-year salary of $4.925 million (plus the annual percentage increases in total football revenue since 2006), and an unlimited number unrestricted free agents at a first-year salary of $3.275 million (plus the percentage increases of total football revenue since 2006), with limitations on future growth of the deal.

The teams that win this weekend will be further limited, with the fourth option explained above disappearing.

So, basically, Redskins fans should be rooting for the Cowboys to win this weekend, and then to be “blowed out” in the NFC title game.

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51 Responses to “Cowboys victory means win for 'Skins”
  1. kravon says: Jan 12, 2010 8:07 AM

    The Cowboys and their fans will be searching for answers after they are defeated by Minnesota Sunday.

  2. dead money says: Jan 12, 2010 8:11 AM

    No way in hell is any Redskins fan is going to root for the ‘Pukes to win this weekend or any other weekend Florio. You are clueless to the hatred that is all things Dall-Ass.

  3. OranjelloJones says: Jan 12, 2010 8:18 AM

    Bah, I’d rather pull out my fingernails with a pair of pliers than root for the Cowboys. I couldn’t care less what it does for my team if it basically involves selling my soul to the devil to root for them. ;)
    Oh and most Redskins fans are hoping the new FO additions take the spend less and be more prudent in their choices route than another circa 2000 break the bank run on turds other teams have cast off.
    So Go Vikings!

  4. Rdskn4lyf21 says: Jan 12, 2010 8:25 AM

    I hope the Silver Fox rips them a new one this weekend. I could never “root” for Dallas or anything related to them except for my hopes that that scoreboard falls.

  5. mr. obvious says: Jan 12, 2010 8:30 AM

    This would be very important if there were a lot of good unrestricted free agents available but as you pointed out in a previous article the years go from 4 to 6 and the most of the best players will be RFA’s. So let Snyder spend like a drunk sailor. He will be shocked what he wakes up to in the morning (ie. Alebert Haynesworthless)

  6. jjhsix says: Jan 12, 2010 8:42 AM

    Nice piece (of crap) Florio but once again you are wrong. Who’s the richest owner in the NFL? Who was recently diagnosed with cancer and is probably realizing life has the potential to end before you want it to? Who just spent big money on a coach and is in the process of hiring a new GM? Yes, Paul Allen. If there is no salary cap, the Seahawks will be the team spending the most offseason money.

  7. thesaint257 says: Jan 12, 2010 8:49 AM

    that means the third riches team in the league New England can practically do what they want!

  8. Pervy_Harvin says: Jan 12, 2010 9:06 AM

    Great..we get to beat the Cowboys and the Redskins at the same time!

  9. Bill112 says: Jan 12, 2010 9:12 AM

    The uncapped year is less important for who they can sign and WAY more important for who they can now afford to let go. Cap crippling contracts by CP26, ARE, and many others can now be fixed & Shanallen can start over fresh without handcuffs on.

  10. hitman23 says: Jan 12, 2010 9:16 AM

    lol u guys are too much. first of all kravon i hope u appear back here next week IF the vikings lose. its nice to see u r so confident, i just hope the vikings take the cowboys as lightly as you. secondly deadskins fans the cowboys dont need or want your pathetic support. even with shanahan the skins r still a mess and we cowboys fans are enjoying every second of it. thirdly florio why would dallas be breaking the bank in free agency anyway, sure there are some holes but there cant be that many. should be able to fill those in the draft. but keep the hate coming!! its awesome!!

  11. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 12, 2010 9:16 AM

    So all of a sudden Florio spins making the playoffs and winning as a bad thing. In that respect, the Redskins may be the best team in the NFL.
    Seeing as how the Cowboys are the best team in the NFCE by far and at very least one of the best teams in the NFC, if not the entire NFL, I like their chances in spite of the restrictions they’ll have in signing talent from other teams that did not deem these players worthy of a new contract. Unlike Dan Snyder, who has squandered upwards of a billion contract dollars on free agent busts and big name coaches that have been brought in only to lay gigantic eggs time after time after time. I’m sure you’ll pick them to win the Super Bowl again next year in spite of the complete lack of direction that the organization has displayed over the last decade, Mike.

  12. Strat4jazz1 says: Jan 12, 2010 9:23 AM

    You Redskin fans are pathetic…… other than the 2 weeks Dallas plays your sorry team do you know how much time and energy we (Dallas fans) waste, thinking about the Redskins? Absolutely NONE. I’ve lived in Northern Virginia for the last 3 years (I’m a native Dallasite) and I can tell you that you people need to get a life….. you’re just jealous. Consistant winning takes time and a good owner and luck, all three, you’re short on right now. By the way, Dallas is not losing to the Vikings. Get over it !!

  13. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 12, 2010 9:29 AM

    “You are clueless to the hatred that is all things Dall-Ass.”
    I’m pretty sure that Florio knows all about that.

  14. rayg says: Jan 12, 2010 9:33 AM

    You still missed the point, Florio. After 17 years of free agency in the NFL, it has become apparent to anyone that signing a lot of free agents gets a team nowhere. That’s especially true when you throw big money at big knuckleheads.
    The NFL is the ultimate team game. Rare is the situation where signing a bunch of free agents brought a team a trophy. Drafting well, and getting lucky on that second day is still how Super Bowl teams are built.
    Do you think the Cowboys would prefer Roy Williams over Miles Austin now?
    So go ahead, Little Danny Synder and Jerry Jones. Spend away. See you in the top 10 of the NFL draft year after year.

  15. dfwjournalist says: Jan 12, 2010 9:40 AM

    As a Cowboys fan, I look forward to the day when there can be a true Redskins rivalry again. I just don’t know that Danny Boy is capable of getting the franchise back to that point.

  16. JAYMAC says: Jan 12, 2010 9:51 AM

    Really, whats your point? Most of the Cowboys roster are guys under contract for years to come! Pretty sure JJ knew all along the ramifactions of the un-capped year. Hell alot of our best players were undrafted free agents. With very little team needs and a very deep draft this year plus we get back all the i.r. guys from last years draft, i think the BOYS are going to be just fine!

  17. Pervy_Harvin says: Jan 12, 2010 9:51 AM

    So much for the days of Dallas being Americas Team. Seen a poll of 87,168 votes. Only the states of Texas,New Mexico,Oklahoma and Arkansaw have the Cowboys as favorites to win. Favre is Americas QB…watch and learn from your childhood hero Romo!

  18. Roboto says: Jan 12, 2010 9:53 AM

    As a fellow Dallas Cowboys hater, it warms my cold, black heart to see so many on this board that share the same sentiment.
    The Cowboys are a bunch of sissies.

  19. kravon says: Jan 12, 2010 9:53 AM

    As a Cowboys fan, all I am focused on is this weeks game.

  20. nasheagles says: Jan 12, 2010 9:58 AM

    Why would they want or need Dallas to win; they’re already in the final eight…

  21. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 12, 2010 9:59 AM

    “first of all kravon”
    Probably shouldn’t pay much attention to a guy that only has a 50% success rate picking without a spread so far in the playoffs. Though that’s better than 0%…

  22. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 12, 2010 10:10 AM

    “You Redskin fans are pathetic…… other than the 2 weeks Dallas plays your sorry team do you know how much time and energy we (Dallas fans) waste, thinking about the Redskins? Absolutely NONE.”
    It’s kind of sad, really. Cowboys/Redskins used to be a rivalry, perhaps the best rivalry in the NFL. Then Dan Snyder came along. He may have bought the Redskins but the Cowboys own them to the tune of 16-6 since Snyder got his sweaty little midget hands on them. You Redskins season ticket holders better make sure you can pay up when the time comes, or Snyder’s going to sue your stupid asses off hahaha

  23. kravon says: Jan 12, 2010 10:27 AM

    All you peeple dat have ben hatin on da boys from Big D will be crying after dey beat up on da viqueens dis week.
    you can just keep hatin us because romo, barber, aikman and novachek love it
    just because your teams dont do dat good dis year, dont meen you needs to hate on us
    we gots nuttin but love of all yall. so come on and join us as amerikas teem rolls to its 6th super bowl title. word.

  24. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 12, 2010 10:28 AM

    “So much for the days of Dallas being Americas Team. Seen a poll of 87,168 votes. Only the states of Texas,New Mexico,Oklahoma and Arkansaw have the Cowboys as favorites to win.”
    America loves underdogs and winners. The Vikings apparently are neither. Bert’s gonna add to his NFL record of 3+ interception games. If he lasts long enough. He may quit on his team and let his backup take the abuse, like he did the last time he faced the Cowboys.

  25. Leviathan says: Jan 12, 2010 10:31 AM

    I love that Florio’s only real post about Dallas kicking the Eagles butts three times (how many teams could do that, really?) and finally getting over the playoff hump is to highlight the ONE, MINUSCULE way the win was a BAD thing for them…
    Florio, you need professional help.

  26. ipeefreely says: Jan 12, 2010 10:36 AM

    Right now, Dallas and Minnesota are playing like polar opposites. Dallas will bring a reality check to Minnesota, they can’t stop the Defense that’s on fire. Favre could be hurt if he plays the full game.
    I predict Dallas and Arizona in the NFC Championship game- hosted in Arlington. You read it here first!
    Favre will retire (again), and Minnesota becomes an 8-8 team (again).

  27. kravon says: Jan 12, 2010 10:37 AM

    howw many interseptions bret farvrrre gonna throw dis week? 8 maybe 9.

  28. rjs says: Jan 12, 2010 10:45 AM

    Regardless of what happens on Sunday, this has already been a great season for the Cowboys and their fans. I’m pretty sure they could care less about what another win might mean to the Redskins.
    Still, I guess Florio gets closer to his quota target of utterly pointless and totally contrived Cowboys articles for the month. NBC must be so proud to be associated with this moron.

  29. DarkBrownBro says: Jan 12, 2010 10:45 AM

    The only thing “Blowed out” Florio; is your boy Favre by Childress….
    Roboto says:
    January 12, 2010 9:53 AM
    ….The Cowboys are a bunch of sissies….
    The Cowboys are nothing like your family

  30. I Hustled Earl Haffler says: Jan 12, 2010 10:53 AM

    “You Redskin fans are pathetic…… other than the 2 weeks Dallas plays your sorry team do you know how much time and energy we (Dallas fans) waste, thinking about the Redskins? Absolutely NONE. I’ve lived in Northern Virginia for the last 3 years (I’m a native Dallasite) and I can tell you that you people need to get a life….. you’re just jealous. Consistant winning takes time and a good owner and luck, all three, you’re short on right now. By the way, Dallas is not losing to the Vikings. Get over it !!”
    If you are older than 16, please kill yourself.

  31. russrpm says: Jan 12, 2010 11:03 AM

    As a Cowboys fan, I hope Snyder goes all out and gets every high priced free agent on the market next year since that has worked out so well for everyone who has tried it in the past.

  32. Dustin Chandler says: Jan 12, 2010 11:04 AM

    Cowboys can’t win a playo- oh, wait.
    Tony Romo chok- oh, wait.
    You won’t get as many good free agents as us!
    lol… grow up.

  33. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 12, 2010 11:21 AM

    “I can’t wait until everyone stops talking about the Cowgirls after this weekend.”
    Yeeeeah, right. Even if the Vikes win the Cowboys will still get more discussion, even if it’s just Florio heroicly taking jabs at them when they’re down, even though he strangely can’t find his voice when they’re up.
    From what I’ve read the 0-3gles gave up their entire coverage scheme in the first couple of series of the game. That’s why those smoke routes worked over and over and over again against them. Never heard of a team running exploratory plays to expose coverage schemes before but that’s the Cowboys for ya, always innovating.
    http://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2010/1/11/1245342/cowboys-smoke-screens-leave-the#storyjump

  34. Pervy_Harvin says: Jan 12, 2010 11:30 AM

    Terry Bradshaw has picked the Cowboys to beat the Vikings. Face it Cowboys,you are screwed now!

  35. damnitall says: Jan 12, 2010 11:33 AM

    @kravon says:
    January 12, 2010 10:27 AM
    All you peeple dat have ben hatin on da boys from Big D will be crying after dey beat up on da viqueens dis week.
    you can just keep hatin us because romo, barber, aikman and novachek love it
    just because your teams dont do dat good dis year, dont meen you needs to hate on us
    we gots nuttin but love of all yall. so come on and join us as amerikas teem rolls to its 6th super bowl title. word.
    Spoken like a true idiot.

  36. Obeah says: Jan 12, 2010 11:42 AM

    Look out Farve!!! the dallas Cowboys are going to knock you down!!!
    All you Cowboys haters know what you can do to yourselves.

  37. kravon says: Jan 12, 2010 11:46 AM

    I seen tony romo at KFC last night – by da way he likes extra crispy dark meat.
    he said dat roy williams never been more fokused on playing and thats why they won the game last saturday.
    he also said that wade fillips was really happy and gave the game ball to my boy flozell adams.

  38. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 12, 2010 12:03 PM

    “#4 Tony Romo thinks quarterbacking in the NFL is a 9-5 M-F gig. ”
    Pretty impressive if that’s the approach that the #2 rated passer in NFL history has. You’re probably thinking that he should be more like Jason Campbell, who works really hard to suck really bad.

  39. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 12, 2010 12:31 PM

    Beer Cheese Soup says:
    This is just great.
    Now, as if dealing with my own team’s playoff loss wasn’t hard enough, not only do I have to watch my two LEAST favorite teams play and know only one of them can lose, I have to be subjected to a full week of ignorant, cliche-laden trash talk from the two loudest and most fairweather fanbases in the league.

  40. kravon says: Jan 12, 2010 1:01 PM

    update on my preeveous comment -
    word is that flozell has sold the game ball to someone named “dirty trey” in waco.
    so if you want to see the game ball from last saturday night – look up dirty trey in waco.

  41. Pervy_Harvin says: Jan 12, 2010 1:54 PM

    Beer Cheese Soup says:
    January 12, 2010 12:31 PM
    Beer Cheese Soup says:
    This is just great.
    Now, as if dealing with my own team’s playoff loss wasn’t hard enough, not only do I have to watch my two LEAST favorite teams play and know only one of them can lose, I have to be subjected to a full week of ignorant, cliche-laden trash talk from the two loudest and most fairweather fanbases in the league.
    ————————————————–
    Hey Beer,the Packers are history, just forget football for now. I heard American Idol is starting,maybe you can post on one of their forums? LOL

  42. jeffragnarchicken says: Jan 12, 2010 2:34 PM

    Beer Cheese Soup says:
    January 12, 2010 12:31 PM
    Beer Cheese Soup says:
    This is just great.
    Now, as if dealing with my own team’s playoff loss wasn’t hard enough, not only do I have to watch my two LEAST favorite teams play and know only one of them can lose, I have to be subjected to a full week of ignorant, cliche-laden trash talk from the two loudest and most fairweather fanbases in the league.
    ===============================
    No you don’t. You don’t have to read any of it.
    You choose to, no one is holding a gun to your head.
    Maybe you could help Rodgers perfect his championship belt dance?
    God knows that is gayer than Ted Thompsons boyfreind!

  43. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 12, 2010 2:39 PM

    Pervy_Harvin says:
    Hey Beer,the Packers are history, just forget football for now. I heard American Idol is starting,maybe you can post on one of their forums? LOL
    ____________________________________
    It’s hard to tell which is the real “you” anymore, but I’ll assume this is.
    You all may pack it in, watch hockey (or American Idol in your case) and go ice fishing the second your team loses, but I don’t. There are some potentially very exciting games coming up, and I look forward to watching them whether the Packers are in or not.
    If nothing else, since I can’t root for the Pack anymore, I can still have a great time rooting against the Vikings this week, and against Dallas after that. Hate can actually be more fun than love sometimes.

  44. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 12, 2010 2:56 PM

    jeffragnarchicken says:
    Maybe you could help Rodgers perfect his championship belt dance?
    God knows that is gayer than Ted Thompsons boyfreind!
    ____________________________________
    That was pretty horrible yeah. Someone needs to talk to him about that, as in tell him never to do it again.
    It made even the Nick Barnett fencing routine and whatever the hell that is that Jared Allen get on his knees and does look hetero by comparison, and that is very hard to do.

  45. Pervy_Harvin says: Jan 12, 2010 3:21 PM

    Its me beer,one dash between my name. Not the pathetic Packer imposter. I feel for you guy…the Vikings are going to Miami. Stay tuned…

  46. Whiterhino says: Jan 12, 2010 4:25 PM

    .VoxVeritas says: January 12, 2010 12:03 PM
    “#4 Tony Romo thinks quarterbacking in the NFL is a 9-5 M-F gig. ”
    Pretty impressive if that’s the approach that the #2 rated passer in NFL history has. You’re probably thinking that he should be more like Jason Campbell, who works really hard to suck really bad.
    ————–
    YES! The meaningless stats are back. Please, Vox, we NEED TO KNOW…
    What is his passing attempt count at? Where is it at? We need to know these all-important QB stats!

  47. AxleRose says: Jan 12, 2010 7:45 PM

    Beer Cheese Soup says:
    January 12, 2010 12:31 PM
    Beer Cheese Soup says:
    This is just great.
    Now, as if dealing with my own team’s playoff loss wasn’t hard enough, not only do I have to watch my two LEAST favorite teams play and know only one of them can lose, I have to be subjected to a full week of ignorant, cliche-laden trash talk from the two loudest and most fairweather fanbases in the league.
    ———————————————-
    Wow, every once in a while you just have a brain fart!
    Two ignorant, trash talkin, loudest and most fairweather fanbase????????????????????
    Because the Jackers fans are so respectfull, and classy, right? WHAT A JOKE!
    Go away, your not committing to your team as far as saying “they will prob lose but I hope they win” crap, was so faggy all year! Just so you cant get hammerd about it after the lose, because your scared of your own shadow.
    Well here you go, Vikes win Sunday, come see me on here Sunday night when I get home, than we talk how that you will say the Vikes will lose the next week, and GBP will jump in a say Favre will have a melt down, all the same crap from week one and two and three……………………………………………….BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH
    THIS IS OUR YEAR!!
    THIS IS OUR YEAR!!

  48. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 12, 2010 7:57 PM

    Pervy_Harvin says:
    Its me beer,one dash between my name. Not the pathetic Packer imposter. I feel for you guy…the Vikings are going to Miami. Stay tuned…
    ____________________________________
    It’s not wise to get your hopes up like that. Take me for instance, I was absolutely positive the Packers would beat Arizona before getting completely and utterly humiliated by the Saints, and it came as quite a shock when they lost that game. Aim low, and it’s easier to accept when things don’t work out.
    Aah, what am I saying. You’re a Vikings fan, you get your hopes up just to be crushed every single year. Carry on then…

  49. chunky soupy sales says: Jan 12, 2010 10:27 PM

    “The exceptions are expected to be the Cowboys and the Redskins, teams many believe will launch a Red Sox-Yankees-style spending spree in the hopes of buying the Super Bowl that will be played in, of all places, Dallas.”
    ____________________________________
    So when Dallas signs free agents they are trying to ” buy a super bowl”?
    What are other teams doing when they sign free agents? Hoping to suck?
    and BTW, besides T O, how many big name free agents have Dallas signed? Roy Williams came in a trade, so no it’s not a FA signing. and of COURSE they signed them hoping they would help them win games, thus reach the Super Bowl.
    Keith Brooking- considered too old and washed up and released by Atlanta
    Starting QB-undrafted FA
    #1 WR-undrafted FA
    #1 RB-4th round DP
    #2 RB-1st round Dp
    #3 RB 4th round DP
    Starting TE-3rd round DP
    #2 TE
    D Ware, A Spencer draft picks.( thanks to Philly for Spencer!)
    Jay Ratliff-7th round DP
    Mike Jenkins, Terrence Newman_ DP’s
    Maybe if your teams got all those undrafted FA’s and 3rd and 4th round and late round Gems they would be in the Playoffs instead of whining.

  50. chunky soupy sales says: Jan 12, 2010 10:33 PM

    “Favre is Americas QB….”
    He is like a lot of Americans, whiney, self centered, unable to make decisions and has a history of drug addiction.
    You can have him.

  51. chunky soupy sales says: Jan 12, 2010 10:38 PM

    “word is that flozell has sold the game ball to someone named “dirty trey” in waco.”
    Word is that a guy named Trey gave you a dirty Sanchez behind a philly KFC… and now you won’t quit calling him.

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