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Redskins hope to rally support at league meetings

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Lost but not forgotten (especially for Redskins fans) in the frenetic flow of news over the past few days is the fact that the NFL has stripped $46 million in combined cap space from the Redskins and Cowboys for their spending habits in the uncapped year of 2010.

Over the weekend, we reported that the teams could go “nuclear” on Monday, suing anyone and everyone involved with the situation.  Obviously, Monday has come and gone without legal action.

A source with knowledge of the situation says that the Redskins, via a strategy devised by G.M. Bruce Allen (pictured), currently plan to plead their case among the NFL’s movers and shakers at the league meetings in Florida next week, hopeful that some momentum can be built toward reversing the outcome.

Moreover, filing suit before the league meetings surely would have resulted in some awkward moments in Palm Beach for the Redskins delegation.

So the Redskins instead will try to work something out before firing formal shots at their business partners, with the option to file suit after the meetings conclude still on the table.

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46 Responses to “Redskins hope to rally support at league meetings”
  1. thatoneguy17 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:13 PM

    HTTR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. dohpey28 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:14 PM

    Why would they gain sympathy when the 30 of the teams for the most part complied with the league’s edicts, while 1 team (Cowboys) greatly deferred from it, and 1 team (Redskins) grossly deferred from the course. I don’t see them getting any consideration from the other 30 teams.

  3. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 22, 2012 4:18 PM

    Roger Goodell looks like Uncle Sam. Except when he points his finger he says “We DO NOT need you!”.

  4. chawk12thman says: Mar 22, 2012 4:24 PM

    They will get no support as the other teams, save 2, got to split the cap space taken from them.

  5. jakek2 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:25 PM

    I hate the Skins but I say DO IT! Sue Goodell personally as well for his ultra vires actions!

  6. mybrunoblog says: Mar 22, 2012 4:27 PM

    Why would the league owners want to help the redskins?
    With a potentially weaker redskins and cowboys team it only helps the other 30 teams.

  7. williamjg says: Mar 22, 2012 4:29 PM

    Still wondering why the Bears haven’t been penalized for Peppers $35M salary for one year? Some teams are exempt?

  8. nebster21 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:31 PM

    Maybe not dohpey28, but I can see ALOT of many coming the Redskins way. I could also see this getting a person or two fired. My hope is Goodell but I know that will not happen. PS they deferred from the course of not paying players, or dropping their salary below what they should, or for taking advantage of NO CAP. The other teams could have done the same thing. They chose not to. It is legal. There should be NO PUNISHMENT.

  9. skinsdiehard says: Mar 22, 2012 4:31 PM

    …because the edict is collusion and threatens their antitrust exemption. Does the league really want to call the Skins bluff on exposing them? That is the Skins leverage…..d-bag.

  10. thraiderskin says: Mar 22, 2012 4:34 PM

    I believe the Skins will unleash veiled threats in the form of sympathy. I imagine it will be to the effect of near-blackmail. Quite honestly, legally, the Redskin’s hold all the cards. At the least, they should try to get an independent arbitrator.

  11. walter0247 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:37 PM

    I do understand the fact that the other teams might not want to agree with the skins and boys, but if they come up with a more legitimate excuse i think they could get the league to drop it. Such as why fine a team that doesn’t have ANY of coaches(and the GM) on the roster since the incident occurred. That’s like fining the saints current dcoordinator for what greg williams did.

  12. deathspiralx says: Mar 22, 2012 4:56 PM

    The redskins and cowboys are reaping what they sowed. They rolled the dice on the cap shennigan and got stung. They deserve the punishment.

    Now the NFL will probably roll the dice that they either won’t sue the NFL or won’t win.

    However, I don’t see how the NFL can enforce or win a court case, when there were no rules broken and there is the anti trust issue on top of it.

    Ultimately, this could then blow up in the skins and cowboys faces. Lot of win-lose and lose-lose scenarios to this one.

    There is a big game of chicken afoot.

  13. majskinsfan says: Mar 22, 2012 5:00 PM

    dophey28, you ask why? The issue the rest of the teams need to consider is the precedent this sets for the future. Look what has happened in the last three weeks. Four teams penalized over cap space and now the Saints FO destroyed and the Rams looking for a DCoord. I’m not arguing one way or the other on the validity of the Saints punishment, but the NFL is going down a road with Goodell at the helm that is going to end badly for all teams. The longer they sit by and allow his office to run things like a dictatorship, the worse it will get. If he can do it to these teams, he can and will do something to any team that doesn’t follow his guidance. Never thought I’d say this, but Al Davis, why did you have to leave us so soon?

  14. mjkelly77 says: Mar 22, 2012 5:03 PM

    You cheated the other teams by loading player salary into an “uncapped year” even though you were warned not to. And you have the nerve to ask for support from honest owners? I dont think so, a$$ clowns.

  15. tillihawk says: Mar 22, 2012 5:05 PM

    I think the Redskins and Cowboys are in the right. they took advantage of the situations and other teams could have as well… my biggest question for the league is this: what is the purpose of an uncapped year if things like this can’t take place? Goddell SUCKS !!

  16. cowboyhater says: Mar 22, 2012 5:10 PM

    Go get em Bruce! This cap penalty is totally bogus, which was led by the Giants owner and screams collusion. If they don’t reverse this ridiculous penalty at the owners meeting, I say sue the aholes!

  17. orakpownd says: Mar 22, 2012 5:12 PM

    The league should have had their ducks in a row. Skins and Boys worked the system the best way they could within the rules. Sounds like other owners are bitter that some FO brass did their due dilligence.

  18. redskinsfreak91 says: Mar 22, 2012 5:23 PM

    How do you try to steal money from the two most profitable franchises in the sport and two of the top 3 franchises in the country. The NFL and competition is better when the Redskins and Cowboys are actually contenders the NFL draws most of their profit from the rivalries in the NFC East and AFC East so to take money away from your money makers for no reason is completely idiotic.

  19. purplecitybirdgang52 says: Mar 22, 2012 5:24 PM

    Even if they get the 40 million back redskins will still not make the playoffs

  20. cowboyhater says: Mar 22, 2012 5:35 PM

    purplecitybirdgang52 says: Mar 22, 2012 5:24 PM

    Even if they get the 40 million back redskins will still not make the playoffs

    ———————————————————————————–

    At least we won’t have Flacco at QB either.

  21. godzilla111111 says: Mar 22, 2012 5:41 PM

    Get real.
    No one likes Snyder.

  22. cliffordc05 says: Mar 22, 2012 5:41 PM

    There was collusion among the owners to follow a policy during the uncapped year. The Redskins and Cowboys might sue and they might win. Of course Dallas will never see another Superbowl. If Dallas does not join the Redskins in their lawsuit the legal action will be weakened. There is no penalty to businesses that act in violation of anti trust laws unless there is an injured party and the players have already agreed not to take action against the league in this matter.

    If Washington acts alone they will be in a tough situation.

  23. cowboyhater says: Mar 22, 2012 5:52 PM

    godzilla111111 says: Mar 22, 2012 5:41 PM

    Get real.
    No one likes Snyder.

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    Oh really? I didn’t know that.

  24. emperorzero says: Mar 22, 2012 6:04 PM

    For as often as Snyder and Jones have put the screws to the low-revenue teams, I don’t see a lot of owners running to the defense of Snyder.

  25. cowboyhater says: Mar 22, 2012 6:19 PM

    emperorzero says: Mar 22, 2012 6:04 PM

    For as often as Snyder and Jones have put the screws to the low-revenue teams, I don’t see a lot of owners running to the defense of Snyder.

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    You’re an idiot. If it wasn’t for these two forward thinking owners who actually run their franchise as a business, your pathetic small market teams would be in financial trouble. It’s called envy, which is the root to hatred.

  26. purplecitybirdgang52 says: Mar 22, 2012 6:19 PM

    cowboyhater says:

    At least we won’t have Flacco at QB either.

     ———
    Flacco been to the play off 4 times in 4 years redskins been to play off 4 times in 20 years how you like them numbers ?

    Tell me the last redskin qb to go the play off 4 times? Dnt wry I will wait LOSER

  27. suite34 says: Mar 22, 2012 6:20 PM

    How come no one mentions the Bucs, who didn’t dump salaries in the uncapped year, because they never spent any money so they had no salaries to dump? Now they’re spending like a Kardashian, and scooping up the top free agents. How is that competitive balance?

  28. tonyromoisterrible says: Mar 22, 2012 6:27 PM

    mjkelly77 says:
    Mar 22, 2012 5:03 PM
    You cheated the other teams by loading player salary into an “uncapped year” even though you were warned not to. And you have the nerve to ask for support from honest owners? I dont think so, a$$ clowns.

    _______________________________
    Show us where this “warning” was written?? It was never written and given to teams as a rule. If it were then it would be illegal and the NFL would be marched right into court by the players. So, you Sir are an idiot, and flat out wrong. The Skins and girls broke no rules. They didn’t heed to a “gentleman’s agreement” which was their choice. It was a total of 3 players for the Skins and the cowgirls. So this “loading” you speak of was not that egregious of an infraction that deserves a 36 million dollar cap hit. Haynesworth was 21 mil, and Hall was 15. There is the 36 million most of which to a player that is out of the league. Do you really want to punish a team for a previous regimes mistakes????

  29. chawk12thman says: Mar 22, 2012 6:28 PM

    williamjg:

    Still wondering why the Bears haven’t been penalized for Peppers $35M salary for one year? Some teams are exempt?
    —————————————————————-
    Great point. Is it because the Bears had room under the assumed level of the salary cap if it existed?

    I wonder if anyone has really looked at all of the teams to compare to WASHINGTON and DALLAS? Would be a great bit of investigative reporting instead of speculation.

  30. tonyromoisterrible says: Mar 22, 2012 6:29 PM

    purplecitybirdgang52 says:
    Mar 22, 2012 6:19 PM
    cowboyhater says:

    At least we won’t have Flacco at QB either.

    ———
    Flacco been to the play off 4 times in 4 years redskins been to play off 4 times in 20 years how you like them numbers ?

    Tell me the last redskin qb to go the play off 4 times? Dnt wry I will wait LOSER

    ______________________________-

    Baltimore- 1 Lombardi
    WASHINGTON DC- 3 LOMBARDIS

    ENOUGH SAID LOUD MOUTH.

  31. waltdawg says: Mar 22, 2012 6:35 PM

    I am IN!!!! Let me know where you need us and all SKINS AND COWBOYS Faitful will unite in FL and overturn this arbitrary law handed down carelessly.

    HTTR and Fear the Star unite?

  32. cosmoman11 says: Mar 22, 2012 6:37 PM

    Aren’t all contracts approved by the league office before they are considered final. So they approved the contracts that dumped salary into an uncapped year but now want to penalize the teams that did it?? Makes absolutely no sense.

  33. dlr4skins says: Mar 22, 2012 6:37 PM

    Press the button, launch the nukes.

    Goodell must be stopped before he ruins the league.

  34. purplecitybirdgang52 says: Mar 22, 2012 6:49 PM

    tonyromoisterrible says:
    Mar 22, 2012 6:29 PM
    purplecitybirdgang52 says:
    Mar 22, 2012 6:19 PM
    cowboyhater says:

    At least we won’t have Flacco at QB either.

    ———
    Flacco been to the play off 4 times in 4 years redskins been to play off 4 times in 20 years how you like them numbers ?

    Tell me the last redskin qb to go the play off 4 times? Dnt wry I will wait LOSER

    ______________________________-

    Baltimore- 1 Lombardi
    WASHINGTON DC- 3 LOMBARDIS

    ENOUGH SAID LOUD MOUTH.

     —————
    redskin established 1937
    Ravens establish 1996
    Looks to me like Ya been wasting a lot of time in 75 years and we all know ya been wasting lot of money

  35. jpb12 says: Mar 22, 2012 6:50 PM

    He starts with… ” what… you guys wers serious about that?”

  36. 1fit4life says: Mar 22, 2012 7:09 PM

    Never underestimate Dan Snyder and his money. Like him or not, he’s a powerful guy with more money than anybody else. No way he just bends over and takes it. They definately have something planned. As big as an A-hole as he is, he is the one guy you don’t want to stab in the back. He has little man syndrome and will flex his wallet anyway he can to get his way.

  37. mrlaloosh says: Mar 22, 2012 8:15 PM

    Foreskins won’t make waves. Gregg Williams had his bounty system in place in Washington also. I’m sure GODell will call their bluff.
    You won’t hear any complaints from Buffalo, Tennessee or Jacksonville either. They are all waiting for the other shoe to drop. they will use the SERGEANT SHULTZ defense. “WE KNOW NOTHING”! Riiiiight.

  38. tonyromoisterrible says: Mar 22, 2012 8:18 PM

    @purplecityratbird
    Let me school you since you don’t know/understand this. Smalltimore had a team (Baltimore Colts) from 1947-1983 when the city of Baltimore decided that it wasn’t worth keeping the team around to build them a new stadium. So YOU ALL lost your team because of your tiny minds. You all didn’t have football because you all were too interested in heroin and venereal diseases. When Irsay packed up and left; all of smalltimore decided it was all Jack Kent Cook’s fault for smalltimore not having a team anymore. Smalltimore residents and fans bitched and moaned for something they had complete control over. All the residents had to do was build the colts a new stadium and continue on a proud tradition. It was easier to complain about how the league and the Irsay’s did them wrong rather than do the one thing the owner of YOUR team wanted and build a stadium. The residents and fans of smalltimore were absorbed with the success and happiness of Redskins fans and the team itself, and most of them allowed this to consume them. People from smalltimore to this day hold a grudge and are literally angry that DC had so much success when the colts cut and run rather than stay in that crap hole of a city. You can hear it in smalltimore people’s voices how bitter, angry, and jealous they are of DC having a franchise that never left, and had success through good times and bad. Then in 1996 the city of smalltimore decided that it would be a good idea to promise to build a stadium to get a team back, and ever since then smalltimore has done a good job running a franchise. But to say that DC has had a team and smalltimore hasn’t is just idiotic and completely false. You not remembering anything before 1996 is ok. Its 75 years and 5 Championships by the way. We do have 2 NFL championships in addition to the Super Bowl Championships. Where as smalltimore has one Super Bowl Championship because they allowed their team to pack up and move to Indy because they were so small minded. This included your league championships and any other accolades the Colts franchise had collected along the way. Football didn’t start when the Super Bowl came along pal, so if you are going to say we have 75 years of proud tradition and glory as you stated above don’t forget to mention our 2 league championships and 3 Super Bowl Championships. I know this is tough for you because of your tiny mind, but please try. By the way……..Purple is a hideous color, and Edgar Allen Poe wrote one stinking poem about that hideous city, you all shouldn’t have named your team after it. It is literally a flying garbage pale.

  39. mojosmagic says: Mar 22, 2012 10:19 PM

    We were village idiots for years and we tried to circumvent the rules with crazy contracts during the uncapped year. Us and the Cowpukes were the only teams to do so but we are begging for your help. Mr Snyder is on his knees with his mouth open ready to do justice. Fat chance!

  40. mojosmagic says: Mar 22, 2012 10:27 PM

    Snyder and Jones winning an anti trust lawsuit against the NFL is akin to shooting themselves in the foot. Nobody would be lose more then those two as swipes.

  41. redskinsfreak91 says: Mar 23, 2012 1:29 AM

    @purplecityratbird
    Flacco is not good he did not take the ravens to the playoffs that d and ray rice did.

  42. truenblue says: Mar 23, 2012 8:50 AM

    What the league “warned” the Cowboys/Redskins to do is abide in the illegal activity of price fixing. They can no more punish the Cowboys/Redskins for refusing to participate in it as they could punish them for refusing to participate in a murder or drug traffic.

  43. hendawg21 says: Mar 23, 2012 9:17 AM

    purplecitybirdgang52 says:
    Mar 22, 2012 6:19 PM
    cowboyhater says:

    At least we won’t have Flacco at QB either.

    ———
    Flacco been to the play off 4 times in 4 years redskins been to play off 4 times in 20 years how you like them numbers ?

    Tell me the last redskin qb to go the play off 4 times? Dnt wry I will wait LOSER

    Boy talking about envy…these Baltimore fans have second city envy, they want to be the most powerful city in the world but have to take the backseat to OLD DC…so what Flacco has been to the playoffs 4 times in 4 years? What does he have to show for it??? At the end of the day we still have 3 Lombardi’s to your 1 and that one 1 actually belongs to the Cleveland Browns not the Baltimore Browns…

  44. hendawg21 says: Mar 23, 2012 9:21 AM

    oh and btw…

    purplecitybirdgang52 says:
    Mar 22, 2012 6:19 PM
    cowboyhater says:

    At least we won’t have Flacco at QB either.

    ———
    Flacco been to the play off 4 times in 4 years redskins been to play off 4 times in 20 years how you like them numbers ?

    Tell me the last redskin qb to go the play off 4 times? Dnt wry I will wait LOSER

    ______________________________-

    Baltimore- 1 Lombardi
    WASHINGTON DC- 3 LOMBARDIS

    ENOUGH SAID LOUD MOUTH.

    —————
    redskin established 1937
    Ravens establish 1996
    Looks to me like Ya been wasting a lot of time in 75 years and we all know ya been wasting lot of money

    in those 75 years the Skins have quite a few more NFL Championships…and guess what you ugly birds get the opportunity to visit our lovely stadium we’ll introduce Ray, Ray and the rest of those old farts to RGIII….

  45. truenblue says: Mar 23, 2012 10:11 AM

    Levying a punishment of $36 million against the cap is significant enough that it should have been brought up for vote among all owners. The fact that it wasn’t, and that Mara had to push this through in some secretive process on the Management Council under the cloak of darkness, indicates Snyder and Jones might have some sympathetic ears at the meetings.

  46. dikshuttle says: Mar 23, 2012 12:36 PM

    They can’t sue, can they? It would be admitting they were colluding previous to the uncapped season. They would be opening themselves, along with the League up to tremendous liability.

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