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Jerry Jones on Cowboys’ cap penalty: NFL approved our contracts

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As the Cowboys and Redskins explore all their options in fighting back against the NFL’s decision to dock them salary cap space for spending heavily during the uncapped year, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is making one thing clear: He thinks everything his team did during that uncapped 2010 season was fair game.

Jones told the Dallas Morning News that while he doesn’t want to get into the specifics of how he might fight the NFL’s discipline, he doesn’t see how the NFL can say now that the Cowboys deserve punishment when the NFL allowed all of the Cowboys’ contracts to go through at the time.

“I don’t want to make our case here,” Jones added. “But all of our contracts were approved by the league and you can’t approve a contract that is in violation of league rules. You can’t even get it on the books if it isn’t in sync with league rules. So you start there.”

One thing that Jones is not happy about is the idea that penalizing the Cowboys and Redskins and freeing up more cap space for the other teams (except the Raiders and Saints) was a necessary step toward raising this year’s salary cap, in order to keep the peace with the NFL Players’ Association. Jones says that if the union and the owners want to make sure they’re on the same page going forward, they should find a way to do it that doesn’t make the Cowboys scapegoats.

“There were a lot of things rather than Cowboys cap room that I would have rather leveraged the players union to give the NFL,” Jones said. “There are many things we would have liked to have had that we bargained in the collective bargaining agreement that if you got some leverage you wanted to gain apart from docking the Cowboys $10 million. I can answer that easily.”

Jones hinted that a lawsuit could be coming.

“We will and have expressed that we don’t agree with that,” Jones said. “What we’re doing is a combination procedural and legal and all of that.”

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  1. medtxpack says: Mar 23, 2012 5:57 PM

    Get em Jerry!

  2. dannersthemanners says: Mar 23, 2012 5:58 PM

    It doesn’t matter because you were dumb enough to give Goodell too much power.

  3. thetooloftools says: Mar 23, 2012 5:59 PM

    go jerry… this is one cat the commish doesn’t want to make angry.

  4. ftblfan9 says: Mar 23, 2012 5:59 PM

    Whatever cap space they lose just saves the franchise from that amount of bad contracts from a bad GM.

  5. cometkazie says: Mar 23, 2012 6:00 PM

    Nuttin worse than a self-righteous Jerrah . . .

  6. vincentbojackson says: Mar 23, 2012 6:00 PM

    Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time Jerry.

  7. LoCoSu@%s says: Mar 23, 2012 6:01 PM

    Don’t like the Cowboys, but Jones has a point.
    Did Fuhrer Goodell just discover this year that the Cowboys and Redskins were in violation.
    Lots of egg on Goodell’s face to say the least.
    I hope he suspends himself indefinitely for lying to us.

  8. bigwinintx says: Mar 23, 2012 6:01 PM

    Jerry should worry less about the cap restrictions and more about why his precious Romo can’t get his team into the playoffs.

  9. marissa227 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:01 PM

    Jerry the big dog is gettin ready to eat… jerry runs this show boooyyyy!!!!

  10. dewalt2990 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:03 PM

    Case closed. Give them their money back. You can’t approve something illegal, and then punish someone for it.

  11. lifetimeskinsfan739 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:03 PM

    Between Jones and Snyder, there are a whole lot of other people I would rather get in a legal battle with. I hope they hammer the nfl for this, esspecially for docking the skins’ $26million more for the same “violation”.

  12. cappa662 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:04 PM

    He’s right. The nfl approved the contracts so how could he be in violation.

  13. steelernationsparksjealousy says: Mar 23, 2012 6:05 PM

    If I were him I’d stay quiet.

  14. bigharold says: Mar 23, 2012 6:05 PM

    Although it pains me to say it, .. Jones appears to be right. If there was no cap AND the league approved the contracts then what infraction did they commit that warrants a discipline?

    This seems to be mere common sense. Of course once lawyers get involved frequently common sense is the first thing that goes out the window, .. along with logic and reason.

  15. astrosfan75956 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:07 PM

    Jones is right, the nfl was wrong on this.

  16. mike8016 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:07 PM

    As much as i hate the Cowboys, I have to agree with Jerry Jones. If the NFL didn’t like how the contract was structured they should of not approved it. The NFL is 100 percent wrong right here.

  17. gmen4life33 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:09 PM

    As a Giants fan, good for you Jerry. I hope he wins in court and get the cap back. Did the owners have a collusion/handshake agreement? Prob. But it wasnt a set rule and therefore Cowboys/Skin shouldnt have been penalized so heavy. A 3rd or 4th pick would have sent a message without blowing up their FA period.

  18. steelerhypocrite says: Mar 23, 2012 6:09 PM

    This will be tough for the NFL to win legally…but if they want to just dictate then they can just take notes from Obama…

  19. transam7816 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:10 PM

    So if your friends say it’s okay to jump off a bridge…you would say yes and then complain to them that you broke both your legs??

  20. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 23, 2012 6:12 PM

    Normally I hate to agree with Jerry Jones, but I’m finding myself more and more agreeing less with Goddell & the NFL’s rulings.

  21. wdcskins says: Mar 23, 2012 6:12 PM

    Jerry’s right. You can’t approve a contract, and then come back with this. Jones and Snyder have deep pockets, and while it will make for some awkward meetings with the rest of the fraternity, I see those two suing, and I see the commissioner’s office coming back with a compromise.

  22. kokomike says: Mar 23, 2012 6:12 PM

    It is good that the Skins and Cowboys are not colluding on this. They should each fight against those who did collude…the NFL, owners like that idiot from the Jags, etc.

  23. phonymcringring says: Mar 23, 2012 6:17 PM

    The NFL warned this clown like six times. He chose to ignore, now he’s penalized and crying about it. If we’ve learned anything in the past month, it’s you better heed the NFL’s warnings or face the music.

    The contract itself was within contract rules, therefore it was approved. However, it went against the spirit of protecting competitive balance, hence the punishment. The owners agreed to give the commissioner this power in the collective bargaining agreement. So Jerrah and Snyde can suck an egg.

  24. jackericsson says: Mar 23, 2012 6:18 PM

    Cheaters never win and winners never cheat! Despite this cheating, these two teams still finished 3rd and 4th in their division. Two words-
    PA-THETIC!

  25. starfan79 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:18 PM

    Washington and Dallas should both be awarded an additional 1st round pick at the end of round 1. Maybe not this draft but maybe next years.

  26. profootballwalk says: Mar 23, 2012 6:18 PM

    Now that Al Davis is dead, someone has to step up and take over his role. Cryptkeeper Jones fits the bill perfectly.

  27. bobhk says: Mar 23, 2012 6:18 PM

    Jerry Jones is a dope.

  28. mdpickles says: Mar 23, 2012 6:18 PM

    Something tells me the Boys and Skins knew what they were doing all along and were waiting for someone to say something about it. How do 28 teams (or dudes) abide and 4 do not? If you let these two teams get away with it without any penalty, than the 28 other teams will be mad because they could easily argue that they could’ve dumped cap money in the uncapped year.

  29. tjacks7 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:20 PM

    I think it has to do with the NFL viewing the collective contracts handed out by the Cowboys/Redskins, respectively.

    Individually, I think the contracts are within the rules and were approved. Collectively, they violated the commands of the league by dumping salary into the uncapped year. I think the only way to realize that the contracts violated the leagues “rules” is to look at them together – which can’t be done until they are all approved/on the books.

  30. jcbadger34 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:22 PM

    Legally speaking, the NFL approving the contracts is such a red herring. Yes, the NFL approved the contracts. And the contracts are still valid.

    The problem, Jerrah, is that Goodell warned you multiple times that he’d try to punish you under the new CBA. And then, you and your fellow owners approved the new CBA, which apparently gave Goodell………the power to do exactly what he said he would do.

    Of course the NFL approved the contracts. Under the old CBA, they didn’t have a legal reason not to approve. It’s Jerry and Snyder’s own fault for agreeing to a new CBA that gave Goodell the power to adjust the cap numbers of individual teams. Did they think he was just bluffing?

  31. hobbstweedle says: Mar 23, 2012 6:22 PM

    Go ahead, redneck. Sue the NFL. You might even win. But know that if you do, you not only become a pariah amongst the other owners (who are already justifiably angry because of your shenanigans and sharp dealing), you also destroy the image that you are all about growing the game and reveal yourself to be what you truly are: a ruthless, greedy owner who stands first and foremost for self-agrandizemen, the other 31 be damned.

  32. thephantomcoder says: Mar 23, 2012 6:24 PM

    I dont think the league aproving the contracts is that big of a deal. The problem is that the league has a anti-trust exemption. THe League agreed in their previous CBA to a uncapped year. they did this with the knowledge that this is an incentive for the owners to want to avoid that year. It provided leverage for the players in their negotiations with owners. Now you have Goodel admiting to colluding with the other owners to fix salaries in an uncapped year.
    While I do not no the complete nature of the anti trust exemption, coluding to fix prices has got to be a major violation.
    If I were a Cowboy or Redskin fan, I would be contacting my congressman. I am sure they would love to take this up on your behalf in and election year.

  33. jason1980 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:25 PM

    This should be a sign to the owners that they have given too much power to Godell. Today, it’s the Saints, Cowboys, and Redskins…….tomorrow it could be your team. It’s gonna be fun to see you haters jumping off of your “soapboxes”.

  34. derekjetersmansion says: Mar 23, 2012 6:28 PM

    Isn’t Jerry missing the point? I thought they restructured the deals after they were approved.

    Also, the two highest spending teams in 2010 were the Cowboys and Redskins. If the Colts or Bears were in the top 2, they would’ve lost the cap room too.

  35. yogikenobi says: Mar 23, 2012 6:29 PM

    Best offseason ever! We better not end up with some crud Super Bowl like Seahawks vs. Browns.

  36. derekjetersmansion says: Mar 23, 2012 6:29 PM

    Haynesworth didn’t sign in 2010, so he was restructured.

  37. mrslay1 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:30 PM

    Jones and Synder are in the right here, no question. This is one time I hope they stick it and stick it hard to GODdell!!!

  38. alphaq2 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:30 PM

    Its fishy that the owner of the giants is the head of the committee and the two most affected teams are in the nfc east.

  39. govtminion says: Mar 23, 2012 6:32 PM

    …I hate to admit it, but he DOES have a point. If the NFL said it was okay, that means they’re the ones that screwed up- not him (or Snyder).

    Guh, I’m defending Jerry Jones, it’s time to go drinking.

  40. chris3141084 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:34 PM

    The NFL’s argument was that the NFL told the teams in a hand shake deal that the teams were supposed to operate as if the CBA was still in effect. The Redskins and Cowboys went over the salary cap. But the Bengals, Bucs, Chiefs, Jags and some other teams didn’t adhere to the rules either by not spending over the salary floor. Where is their punishment???

    I hope PFT puts a spotlight on this issue.

  41. 420hippy says: Mar 23, 2012 6:37 PM

    Who have the cowboys signed in free agency the past 2 years anyways???? just their players I think im right..am I????

  42. cliffordc05 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:38 PM

    That’s right Jerry. The NFL does not want to admit to collusion during the uncapped year. Good point. Your contracts were approved. Guess what won’t be approved if you sue the league…….another Superbowl in Dallas. Think about that Jerry. You dumb scumbag.

  43. mn2long says: Mar 23, 2012 6:39 PM

    Open and shut. For all of you that are hoping Jerry won’s win this. save your wishes for something else. He will get additional cap space back at some point to make up for the loss this year. And some of you really need to do your homework before commenting on here. First: The CBA is between the owners and the players, not the owner and Goodell. Second: there are 32 teams in the NFL, not 30. And don’t even get me started on the ignorant Obama comment.

  44. jakek2 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:40 PM

    Jerry Jones, Daniel Snyder and Sean Payton are three of the most smug and despised hole donkeys in the entire NFL. As a Giants’ fan, I revel in their misery. HOWEVER, Goodell did these guys WRONG!! They should band together and sue the sheot out of him. Goodell must be stopped soon or he’ll truly succeed in ruining the game!!!

  45. steelpalace302 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:41 PM

    Those of you saying dont do the crime and cheaters dont seem to understand The Redskins and the Cowboys are the ones who were right. The rest of the owners are the ones who were actualy BREAKING FEDERAL LAWS. Its called collution and its against the law. So before you run your mouth understand what the problem is. IN short the rest of the NFL were in Collution against the players to keep saleries low and the Cowboys and Redskins refused to take part. They did NOTHING wrong it was your team owners who did.

  46. pesh00 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:43 PM

    All goodell did was pit these guys against each other.
    He robbed the rich to pay the rich. If goodell wanted the support of people all he had to do was dock them and send that money to charity….rob from the rich to pay the poor. Them could have the NFL match the donation for extra support.

    The amount still would have been too much, and Jerry could have still sued but now he wouldn’t be going after the money other teams are getting. People then would have been back to their normal Jokes about JJ and Snyder.

    Instead he goes and does this…..I hope Jerry gets it back then goes to gooddell’s office and makes it rain.

  47. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:43 PM

    “I don’t want to make our case here,”

    Ie we will be sueing the NFL. Of course there’s going to be a lawsuit. And he’s entirely correct that if the NFL approved the contracts as valid and meeting league rules they should not be able to now penalize the Cowboys. He’ll win this one.

  48. schmitty2 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:43 PM

    Even though I agree with Jerrah I guess its Karma for him and his stadium promising Sb tickets to some fans and they end up getting screwed out of them

  49. bleedsoe9mm says: Mar 23, 2012 6:43 PM

    the cowboys and the reskins were cheating the system and were warned not to do it , they are lucky they only lost cap money and didn’t get fines or draft picks taken away .

  50. steelpalace302 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:44 PM

    The only reason there isnt a law suite yet is because as soon as they do its admitting your team owners comitted a crime. And it blows apart the whole settlement they had with the players. Its admiting the NFL owners were in collution. ( Go look up the meaning). So atleast know what you are talking about before you run your mouth since it was the other owners breaking laws not Dan snyder or Jerry Jones.

  51. lionfan419 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:46 PM

    I do agree with Jerry on this. They have to approve them , so how can you fine them?

  52. jakek2 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:46 PM

    transam7816 says:
    Mar 23, 2012 6:10 PM
    So if your friends say it’s okay to jump off a bridge…you would say yes and then complain to them that you broke both your legs??
    —————-
    This analogy doesn’t make sense in this situation. For it to make sense, the last part would be my friends arresting me for jumping off the bridge after they already said its okay to jump. Speaking of bridges and jumping, perhaps you should find yourself a bridge and jump.

  53. stanklepoot says: Mar 23, 2012 6:47 PM

    thetooloftools says: Mar 23, 2012 5:59 PM

    go jerry… this is one cat the commish doesn’t want to make angry.
    ________________________________
    Well, seeing as how it was 28 of the other owners who pushed Goodell to do this, I’d rather upset Jones and Snyder. At the end of the day, they each have only one vote.

  54. billymc75 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:48 PM

    Wow the NfL is about to face a lot of lawsuits … Billion dollar companies usually go down this way

  55. goforthanddie says: Mar 23, 2012 6:53 PM

    All the JJ hate, yet he’s absolutely right. You can’t tell your boss what you’re doing, hold proof that your boss OKd it, then have said boss punish you. Add to that the sneaky lil bitch way Goddell tried to slide it past everyone, he knows he’s wrong. I hope JJ and Snyder tag-team this egomaniac into retirement.

  56. steelpalace302 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:53 PM

    And its ok for Peppers to be paid 35 mill for one yr right lol Ill see you back on here eating your words after the law siute right. lol I love peole who just post crap when they have no idea what they are talking about ” you hate the Cowboys and the redskins there for they are wrong. Go read up on the situation before you post your nonsense it just shows how stupid you are.

  57. q1ller says: Mar 23, 2012 6:54 PM

    Perhaps the league approved the contracts under the understanding that all teams had been warned and that the Cowboys and Redskins should have known that they therefore might face penalties down the road.

    Does anyone honestly think that these 2 teams didn’t try to cheat the system? C’mon, look at the teams in question. They are getting what they deserve.

  58. stanklepoot says: Mar 23, 2012 6:54 PM

    Let’s be honest, it’s not exactly like the Cowboys and Redskins have clean hands here. Jones and Snyder met with the other owners and agreed to collude against the players in the uncapped year. Then, as soon as the league couldn’t legally prevent them from keeping their word (the owners were planning to lock the players out, and refusing to authorize those contracts would be clear proof of collusion), they betrayed their fellow owners and did exactly what they agreed not to do. Is that a violation of league rules? No, but in this league the owners can pretty much do what they want as long as the majority of them stick together.

  59. duhgrate1 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:55 PM

    As much as I HATE the cowboys, I still hate them. Some things never change.

  60. doubleogator says: Mar 23, 2012 6:59 PM

    Suspend the whole organization for a year. and take away draft choices too while at it….

  61. db3300 says: Mar 23, 2012 7:02 PM

    “And don’t even get me started on the ignorant Obama comment.”

    Maybe you should tell him to stop doing ignorant things.

  62. stanklepoot says: Mar 23, 2012 7:03 PM

    wdcskins says: Mar 23, 2012 6:12 PM

    Jerry’s right. You can’t approve a contract, and then come back with this. Jones and Snyder have deep pockets, and while it will make for some awkward meetings with the rest of the fraternity, I see those two suing, and I see the commissioner’s office coming back with a compromise.
    ________________________________
    So, after busting their butts to see to it that Judge Doty is no longer a part of the dealings between the league and the players, you really think they’re going to open the door to a judge inserting themselves in the inner workings of the league itself? That’s exactly what they’d be risking. All it would take would be for the judge to determine that the league was engaging in inappropriate actions, and that it appeared that the league was unable to police itself. That would give the judge an opening to insert him/herself in an oversight capacity when it came to league decisions. Not one owner (including Jones and Snyder) wants that. They might try arbitration, but I really don’t see a lawsuit coming.

  63. killitandeatit says: Mar 23, 2012 7:06 PM

    Jerry : There’s a new sheriff in town. Ask Sean Payton how it works out when you are warned and continue to violate the rules and disrespect the shield of the NFL.

  64. msb304 says: Mar 23, 2012 7:15 PM

    The last year of the old CBA was an uncapped year. The new CBA is a capped year. Sooo, the Skins and Boys were in full compliance with the old CBA which was in effect when the contracts were tendered. Hence the NFL approved them as the contracts were in full compliance. If Dan and Jerry do not fight this, how far back can GooFell go to penalize an owner for doing something that was fully legal at the time it was done but under a current CBA is not allowed?? The other owners are just pissed that they weren`t smart enough to do it so they put the pressure on GooFell to do something. The NFL will publicly announce a compromise to save face, but rest assured the whole story will never come out to the public. Here is an example of COLLUSION from Wikipedia … An attempt by Major League Baseball owners to restrict players’ salaries in the mid-1980s.

  65. mungman69 says: Mar 23, 2012 7:17 PM

    You were warned, Jerry.

  66. electionconfidential says: Mar 23, 2012 7:20 PM

    It only does the team marginal good for Jones to win his cap space back after all the choice FAs are signed. I know there are implications for next year too, but this year will be shot before he can get this overturned. Maybe that’s why Goodell waited until just days before the start of free agency…

  67. Patriot42 says: Mar 23, 2012 7:24 PM

    When Jones cheats he thinks it is OK because it the all mighty cowboys.

  68. zaggs says: Mar 23, 2012 7:26 PM

    The police will let you own a car and drink way too much. Put the two together and they’ll arrest you. The NFL will also allow poison pill contracts, so they’re not looking at the competitiveness of the contracts.

  69. meyerla says: Mar 23, 2012 7:29 PM

    The NFL isn’t invalidating the contracts. They are giving him a cap penalty because he tried to stack money that would have normally been allocated in future years all in one uncapped year. Had all teams done that then the cap structure would have been screwed up for years. Taken to extreme Tom Brady could be playing for 1 million this year because the Pats could have paid him for this year last year. Beyond all that Jerry Jones is the devil.

  70. twodat says: Mar 23, 2012 7:40 PM

    Will we see regional protests during the SuperBowl?

  71. footballfanman says: Mar 23, 2012 7:40 PM

    Just think all you guys should thank the Redskins and the Cowboys because we gave you all a competitive advantage over us even though what we did was approved by the league. You’re welcome.

  72. mrslay1 says: Mar 23, 2012 7:44 PM

    GODdell has pushed the wrong guys here. He will get busted to private for this one.

  73. jjmurphy1127d says: Mar 23, 2012 7:45 PM

    Come on, these guys were warned and pushed the envelope anyway. In a salary cap league, salary cap circumvention ranks up there on the “do not do” list.

    Can the Pats and Saints also appeal to get their draft picks & $ back? No.

    I think the league came down heavy on the Pats, slightly light on the Saints (should have taken their first next season as their #1 will likely be few slots better as the penalties handed out for this season will likely cost them a few games; why reward that?) and probably too hard here. That said, they knew the risk and were too cute by half. Time to take your medicine or try to change the sheriff.

  74. caryw30 says: Mar 23, 2012 7:55 PM

    Jerry and Dan did nothing wrong. Hopefully there will be sometype of rebate paid back to the Redskins and Cowboys they did nothing wrong.

  75. burgandyandgoldfan says: Mar 23, 2012 7:56 PM

    As a Skins fan, this is the one time I support Jones.

  76. cliffordc05 says: Mar 23, 2012 7:59 PM

    All one has to do is listen to Bill Polian on ESPN. Every team was warned numerous times not to use the uncapped year to dump salaries either on new contracts or renegotiated deals. Was it illegal collusion on the part of the NFL? Yes. So the hell what. Jones and Snyder took advantage of the uncapped year in a way that the other owners and the commissioner thought they all had an agreement (an illegal agreement) not to do. Again, if Jerry thinks his lost $20 million in salary cap space is worth a Superbowl or if he does not believe that Dallas will ever again get another Superbowl after screwing up the last one, then go ahead and sue the league and twenty eight other franchises. He might throw in the players union because they signed off on the deal. Good Luck Jerry. A lawsuit will have worse repercussions than your last face lift you dumb D-bag.

  77. dombox says: Mar 23, 2012 8:04 PM

    But this would imply that Goodell and his minions in the league office are nothing but a bunch of petty hypocrites….how could that be?

  78. q1ller says: Mar 23, 2012 8:08 PM

    Does it get any sweeter than when they cut to Jerry Jones in his owner’s box when the Cowboys blow yet another game?

  79. mempusa says: Mar 23, 2012 8:13 PM

    The first time and probably the last I’ll ever agree with Jerry Jones

  80. aljack88 says: Mar 23, 2012 8:13 PM

    jackericsson says:
    Mar 23, 2012 6:18 PM
    Cheaters never win and winners never cheat! Despite this cheating, these two teams still finished 3rd and 4th in their division. Two words-
    PA-THETIC!
    ———————————————————–
    except the Broncos won back-back SBs while violating the salary cap limit.

  81. mnlittle says: Mar 23, 2012 8:16 PM

    Attaboy Jerry! Make Goodell pay for pulling this on you and the Cowboys. I’m proud of Jerry for standing up for the team. And I appreciate the THREE Super Bowl trophies that Jerry has brought to the team! Sic ‘em Jerry!!!!!!

  82. discosucs2005 says: Mar 23, 2012 8:28 PM

    I think a lot of people misunderstand what happened.

    All the franchises (all of them) decided (illegally) to make an unofficial rule for the uncapped year. 29 teams did not break that rule. 3 teams decided “the hell with it” and did it anyway. Now the league is saying “we’re going to punish you because you broke the rule, and because in reality, you can’t really sue us because you would be suing all the other franchises, and opening up the NFL to a lot of regulation that it now bypasses because we all love sports (keep in mind there is no exception for the NFL like there is for baseball on the books).”

    If fans of those teams want to be mad at the league fine, but you should also be mad at your owners for doing something that, at the very least, they knew might get them in trouble and put the team’s finances in jeopardy.

  83. nfl1818 says: Mar 23, 2012 8:31 PM

    yup – u and the redskins are such geniuses – u figured out that u cud dump salary in the uncapped year – no surprise that 30 other dummies had no idea what they were missing – u r special

  84. stonedwhitetrash says: Mar 23, 2012 8:36 PM

    Jerry jones has won every court battle with the NFL

  85. brewcitybummer says: Mar 23, 2012 8:40 PM

    I think its naive to suggest that Goodell went after the cowboys and redskins unilaterally. Its much more likely he got the blessing from a faction of owners.

    Goodell is many things but stupid is not one of them. He knows who he works for. For all we know, Goodell was resistant to coming down on the skins and boys after the fact but a hard-line group of owners forced his hand.

  86. effedinLA says: Mar 23, 2012 8:42 PM

    It’s almost like selling seats to the Superbowl that don’t exist. Play unfair and deal with it later.
    I hope Jerruh never has a winning season again!!

  87. ppc50 says: Mar 23, 2012 8:43 PM

    As much as people don’t like Jones, he is 100% right in this situation and specifically made moves for the “uncapped” year.

  88. genericuser8888 says: Mar 23, 2012 8:44 PM

    Jerry is right. If the NFL approved the contracts, then they should not fine the Cowboys for them.

    Goodell had best watch out. I’m sure Tom Benson (Saints owner) feels that Goodell overstepped his bounds by suspending Payton for a year, and now, Goodell has offended a much bigger dog, Jerry Jones.

    So, you’ve got two owners who feel like the NFL is unfairly punishing their teams. Eventually, angering his employers (the owners) will catch up with Goodell.

  89. jacksaysfu says: Mar 23, 2012 8:45 PM

    As a Eagles fan i gotta say that i hate what the NFL did to the Cowboys & Redskins….. Haha just playing , i love it .

  90. skins1313 says: Mar 23, 2012 9:02 PM

    Ok here’s why and how this went down. The NFL executive committee was pissed at Jones and Snyder for not falling in line. Therefore decided 16 hrs before free agency to punish the skins and cowboys. A. Without a league vote and b. by telling the NFLPA to agree or the cap would be 116 million per team. This of course would piss off the players and Smith would have been fired. Don’t think the NFL and owners didn’t think the 2 teams would fight it and win. They did. Just enough to keep these teams from jumping in on the best free agent market in years. So mission accomplished. Why wasn’t this voted on with all the owners including the skins and cowgirls? 32 teams not 28. They would still be out voted. The Pats lost 1 pk and fined 500,000 for cheating in the SB! Competitive balance my @$$! What a joke!

  91. jsrdc says: Mar 23, 2012 9:06 PM

    @vincentbojackson,

    Are you as dumb as you sound? “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time Jerry”? Are you for real? NO RULES were broken, Einstein. No crime was committed. How can you retroactively penalize two teams for what they did in an uncapped year? Contracts were approved. This is ALL ABOUT 28 other teams who chose NOT to spend more in an uncapped year bi**hing and complaining about two teams who did. And DeMaurice Smith is not about to fight it, because he didn’t want to lower the salary cap, and he wants to keep his job as the head of the NFLPA (did you happen to know he was up for re-election this month?)

    This is all political BS, and nothing more than fodder for the haters – much like jacksaysfu showed in his inept post just above this one.

    There will be an agreement to remedy this, as it is unfair for both teams, and there is NO LUXURY TAX in the NFL until now. This is all BS, and anybody with half a brain in their head understands two teams just got $crewed by 28 others who chose to whine and complain. Retribution will become a reality for the Cowboys and Redskins organizations.

  92. guyljr says: Mar 23, 2012 9:19 PM

    I dont know if anyone at PFT reads these…. But why havent you mentioned the fact that some teams were able to carry over as much as 46 million dollars in unused cap room due to their lack of spending during a season in which there was no salary floor!? That is just as much, if not MORE, of a competitive advantage. Those teams are being rewarded for being cheap as hell.

  93. truthserum4u says: Mar 23, 2012 9:27 PM

    For what it’s worth: Bill Polian said the teams were appraised, well before the 2010 season, deals not within the spirit of the expired CBA would be subject to retroactive punishment. That included deals that were approved by the league; something with settling the new CBA first.

  94. bigbadal21 says: Mar 23, 2012 9:45 PM

    “Who have the cowboys signed in free agency the past 2 years anyways???? just their players I think im right..am I????”

    That’s the problem, They took players who were under contract and resigned them to the same money contract with the exception of what their cap hit would be for the current year. These contracts greatly increased the cap hit for that year and greatly lessened it for future years of the contract. They were told by the league that if they did this they would have future cap consequences. Players signed during that year for their first contract or if their contract ran out and needed to be resigned were not scrutinized. That is why Chicago paid a first time player 20 million base for that uncapped year, went way over the old cap and were not punished. When the new collective bargaining agreement was signed and approved by the NFLPA and the NFL it specifically gave the NFL the right to readjust the cap for teams that did this. All 32 teams were warned on numerous occassions that this would happen. Jerry was one of the owners who ignored the warnings.

  95. diehardlion says: Mar 23, 2012 9:50 PM

    Its not what they paid the players its how. Cowboys front loaded the deals in the uncapped year to allow more cap in future years. The players would have received the same money, but on a different pay schedule. Hence no collusion to keep the salaries down.

  96. tonyromoisterrible says: Mar 23, 2012 9:55 PM

    steelpalace302 says:
    Mar 23, 2012 6:41 PM
    Those of you saying dont do the crime and cheaters dont seem to understand The Redskins and the Cowboys are the ones who were right. The rest of the owners are the ones who were actualy BREAKING FEDERAL LAWS. Its called collution and its against the law. So before you run your mouth understand what the problem is. IN short the rest of the NFL were in Collution against the players to keep saleries low and the Cowboys and Redskins refused to take part. They did NOTHING wrong it was your team owners who did.

    ________________________________
    The word is collusion.
    I really hope you are just joking by spelling collution. The word is salaries. Once again I hope you were only kidding by writing salleries??? You could be the biggest dope on this site.

  97. lunarpie says: Mar 23, 2012 9:58 PM

    Fine Jerry Jones again for talking stupid!

  98. smakhhm says: Mar 23, 2012 10:05 PM

    So is the nfl gonna penalize the teams who purposely did not spend anything?

    It is obvious these teams were the scape goats and they should sue the nfls ass off.

  99. Angry Orange Man says: Mar 23, 2012 10:10 PM

    Front loading contracts in a non-capped year is a HUGE advantage for large markets over smaller ones that may not have the available capital to put up all at once.

    I’m not a fan of a small market club but its obvious how this was used to gain an unfair advantage. Both teams missing the playoffs is just a testament to how truly horrible both of the “GM’s” are for these franchises.

  100. raiderfankirk says: Mar 23, 2012 10:12 PM

    This straight BS from the league.

  101. jjmurphy1127d says: Mar 23, 2012 10:14 PM

    Only 2 teams did this. Collusion or not (lkely yes, but union seems OK with this for now), 30 teams kept the spirit of the cap and their agreement. Two did not, essentially saying bleep you to their business partners and trying to gain a post CBA competitive advantage on everyone else (by pushing the envelope on dumping $ into the uncapped year with both new and existing contracts).

  102. jcg23 says: Mar 23, 2012 10:19 PM

    The people saying, don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time are complete dolts. There was no crime. No rule break. You can’t warn someone not to do something that isn’t a crime or against the current rules in writing.

    If Jerry goes to court, he will win. He has never lost a single law suit against the NFL and he’s sued them over and over. One of the reasons that anyone can use local advertising and national advertising anyway they want in the NFL per team is thanks to Jerry. The same owners that are patting their backs for forcing this upon Jerry are making money hand over fists because of Jerry’s legal maneuverings.

    The guy that said this won’t see a court room is correct though. Not one of them wants their dirty laundry aired on CSPAN.

  103. raiderfankirk says: Mar 23, 2012 10:26 PM

    Owners should be on the phone with each other and I’m sure they are. Would love to be a fly on that wall. Owners = NFL.

  104. thomasreilly says: Mar 23, 2012 10:48 PM

    I’m asking, cause I don’t really know, but isn’t signing players only half of the issue? Didn’t these teams waive a few players in the uncapped year to avoid financial penalty? The issue is not just “league approved contracts”, but also a pattern of action related to taking advantage of waiving players to create more cap room in following years.

    Am I right?

  105. steelpalace302 says: Mar 23, 2012 10:52 PM

    Most of you still have no clue what this whole thing is about. You keep saying ” they broke the rules” NO THEY didnt. The commish can warn the teams all he wants about what he is going to do to them but WHAT they did was not against ANY rules. WHAT THE OTHER TEAM OWNERS DID WAS AGAINST FEDERAL LAW. Its called collution and its against the law. The whole thing is the owners wanted to all stick together and stick it to the players to set up the lock out. What JJ and Dan snyder did was approved and legal. What the other teams owners did is 100% against the law. The only reason there hasnt been a law suite yet is because if they do file it the NFL will be put almost in Bankrupcy. It would be like dropping a bomb on you own town.because it will prove what the OTHER TEAM OWNERS DID.

  106. Deb says: Mar 23, 2012 10:52 PM

    Hate to admit it, but Jerry’s got a point about the NFL approving those contracts. If they had an issue with the teams overspending, they should have made it known at the time.

  107. steelpalace302 says: Mar 23, 2012 10:54 PM

    Its funny to see the post from people who have no clue what they are talking about and just shows ignorance. Go read about it before you post. Because 99% of you have no idea what you are even commenting on.

  108. steelpalace302 says: Mar 23, 2012 10:56 PM

    All you see is it is the Cowboys and the Redskins so they are wrong and cheated. Go do your homework. The NFL is trying to cover up the owners being in collution is all it is and its about to explode in their faces.

  109. msb304 says: Mar 23, 2012 11:07 PM

    EVERYONE has to ask just one single question…
    Did either team break ANY league OR CBA rules??
    The absolute honest answer is NO. If you cannot see that you are a RETARD.

  110. 7to10for6allday says: Mar 23, 2012 11:07 PM

    Stop crying jerry. Get him nfl….take more of his cap.

  111. rajbais says: Mar 23, 2012 11:11 PM

    Roger Goodell: making up rules as he is going along!!!

  112. uscthom78 says: Mar 23, 2012 11:16 PM

    Instead of punishing them in that way, take half of their share of revenue for the next 5 years and give it to the other teams. It’s more
    than fair for both sides.

  113. steelpalace302 says: Mar 23, 2012 11:21 PM

    Punish them for what ? They didnt do anything wrong. What do you want to punish them for. It should be take the money off the other 30 teams and give it to them

  114. psdaleno says: Mar 23, 2012 11:41 PM

    anyone else think comments should be limited to three sentences or less?

  115. mjkelly77 says: Mar 24, 2012 12:07 AM

    Jerry Jones cheated and got caught. He just didn’t cheat all the way. You know … sign $600, 000 in contracts with the best available players and load all of the expenditures into the “uncapped year”. if you’re gonna cheat, Jerry, at least have the balls to cheat big.

  116. mjkelly77 says: Mar 24, 2012 12:18 AM

    steelpalace302 says:Mar 23, 2012 6:44 PM

    The only reason there isnt a law suite yet is because as soon as they do its admitting your team owners comitted a crime. And it blows apart the whole settlement they had with the players. Its admiting the NFL owners were in collution. ( Go look up the meaning). So atleast know what you are talking about before you run your mouth since it was the other owners breaking laws not Dan snyder or Jerry Jones.
    ______________

    Collution? I think you’d better keep your dictionary handy, genius.

  117. mrslay1 says: Mar 24, 2012 12:50 AM

    Ahhhh to bad Swamp scumb. Nothing to talk your swamp boy comments on tonight? Little doubt a dictionary would not help you:-)

  118. reach4succeed says: Mar 24, 2012 12:59 AM

    Snyder and Jones= Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are about to hold up the NFL. Ride em boys!!!!!

  119. nowillrepeat says: Mar 24, 2012 1:16 AM

    Goddell has just seriously pissed off three of his most high profile owners.

    Tagliabue was much better

  120. drgreenstreak says: Mar 24, 2012 2:07 AM

    Roger and DeMaurice are both looking like they may be in collusion with a collusion by the league. HaHa!

    Jerry will make Roger pay without destroying the alleged “integrity” of the shield. Roger ain’t perfect but better than the last clown. We’ll get through this and maybe Roger can avoid testifying before Congress. That would reveal more than he’d be willing to share. He would have to give consideration to …. wait for it…. LYING!

  121. stercuilus65 says: Mar 24, 2012 2:41 AM

    WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

  122. stercuilus65 says: Mar 24, 2012 2:43 AM

    The NFL cant do this it be “COLLUTION”!

  123. ham1 says: Mar 24, 2012 7:30 AM

    “electionconfidential says:Mar 23, 2012 7:20 PM

    ………… Maybe that’s why Goodell waited until just days before the start of free agency…”

    And because Goodell is a power hungry POS and Mara saw a way to stick it to NFC East rivals.

  124. waltdawg says: Mar 24, 2012 7:45 AM

    Hail Jerry Jones…

    Sincerely,
    Skins Fans

  125. corvusrex96 says: Mar 24, 2012 8:29 AM

    So all 32 teams should have dumped salary cap space in anticipation of the new deal with the players?

    In order to maintain some sort of integrity for the 2012 season the teams had to keep it in check for 2011. What it shows is that the league was divided along ethical lines.

    With 28 on one side and Jerry and Danny on the other and not surprisingly the Saints and Raiders in the middle.

    The uncapped year was not in a void by itself, everyone knew a new deal would get done with a cap and trying to “game” the new agreement is not leadership it is being a punk.

    So when the decision is between what you can do vs what you should do, we all know were Jerry and Danny fall.
    In the end maybe they can prove they were “legally” right but that still does not make it wrong.

  126. therealsmiley says: Mar 24, 2012 8:43 AM

    Go get em’! Hail!!

  127. rg3isvictory says: Mar 24, 2012 9:16 AM

    Mara and Goodell are starting to realize that the Cowboys and Skins are going to bring the pain!!! Mara thought he successfully cheated to direct competitors out of fair competition by docking cap space. The NFL’s biggest mistake was only docking two teams that reside in the NFC-E. Mara looks very dirty!!! Get-em, Get-em, Get-Em!!!

  128. gimmeabruschi says: Mar 24, 2012 10:08 AM

    He expects the league to manage his cap for him?

  129. nzyme says: Mar 24, 2012 10:15 AM

    If the league doesn’t penalize the Cowboys and Redskins then be prepared to compensate the other 30 TEAMS who played by the rules and award them ADDITIONAL CAP SPACE to keep it fair!!!!!!

    Take your picks Redskins and Cowboys fans. Either way you look at it you’re not going to get an advantage over the other teams regardless of how you want to play it!!!

  130. cowboyhater says: Mar 24, 2012 10:16 AM

    Bottom line, all parties involved are at fault here. The problem is that the commish signed off on the contracts before realizing the ramifications of what the skins, and boys created to the other owners. Hence, the unfair competitive balance outrage from the other owners. Since Goddell works for the owners, he had to appease the majority by enforcing a penalty, which is now where we are at. Mara was the ring leader in the penatly, which since it’s against his east foes looks a bit fishy. Time to fix this mess, and both sides come to a compromise, and give half that cap space money back. Most top talent has been signed, so the penalty this year has already affected both teams. Just take away next year’s cap restriction. Problem solved.

  131. msb304 says: Mar 24, 2012 10:27 AM

    QUESTION…
    What is the difference between what Dan and Jerry did to GAIN CAP SPACE and when ALL teams can RESTRUCTURE existing contracts to GAIN CAP SPACE?? …
    The difference is nothing.
    Except 28 owners / businessmen were LEGALLY out maneuvered and embarrassed by it. It is easier and cheaper for GooFell to deal with 4 owners than 28 embarrassed owners. You need to remember that the NFL is a BUSINESS. The owners own BUSINESSES. Why do people own businesses? To make money? Facts are facts. I think GooFell would have been better off dealing with the 28 other owners than Dan and Jerry.

  132. msb304 says: Mar 24, 2012 10:37 AM

    How do you expect people to respect your opinion when you can`t spell it??

    COLLUTION = n. a wash or lotion

    COLLUSION = an agreement between two or more persons, sometimes illegal and therefore secretive, to limit open competition by deceiving, misleading, or defrauding others of their legal rights, or to obtain an objective forbidden by law typically by defrauding or gaining an unfair advantage

  133. jsrdc says: Mar 24, 2012 11:59 AM

    @mjkelly77

    “Jerry Jones cheated and got caught. He just didn’t cheat all the way. You know … sign $600, 000 in contracts with the best available players and load all of the expenditures into the “uncapped year”. if you’re gonna cheat, Jerry, at least have the balls to cheat big.”

    What an inept and moronic post. Can you tell me EXACTLY where a rule was broken, and where the “cheating” part comes in? You can’t, because there were no rules broken by either the Skins or Cowboys. Funny you didn’t mention the 36 million that the Skins were penalized, which is 3.6 times what the Cowboys were penalized, speaking of having the “balls to cheat big”.

    You are an inept hater who obviously is just as petty and whiny as the owners of the other 28 teams who didn’t want to spend more in an uncapped year.

    This is all about politics. DeMaurice Smith is up for re-election this month, he didn’t want to lower the cap space for teams in 2012, nor lose his job. So he and Goodell decided to retroactively penalize the Cowboys and Skins (on player contracts that were approved) without merit because 28 other teams kicked and screamed enough. Most of those 28 owners are cheap skates who won’t even use the extra cap room they were given. When did a luxury tax suddenly become a part of the NFL?

    You need to check your maxi pad, mjkelly77. Infections of the vulva could be a serious issue for women like you.

  134. jsrdc says: Mar 24, 2012 12:02 PM

    @nzyme

    “If the league doesn’t penalize the Cowboys and Redskins then be prepared to compensate the other 30 TEAMS who played by the rules and award them ADDITIONAL CAP SPACE to keep it fair!!!!!!”

    Give me the specific rule that was broken by the Cowboys in an uncapped year.

    Right. Bye bye now.

    Next………

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