With the Cowboys and Redskins getting a hearing on their grievance against the NFL and the NFLPA arising from the removal of $46 million in salary cap space from both teams, Dallas owner Jerry Jones reiterates that the Cowboys complied with the cap rules in 2010.
“The league has not said we did not follow the rules and those were approved contracts, but this [is a] complicated issue, and that’s about all I need to be saying about it and want to say about it,” Jones said at the team’s annual golf tournament, via the Dallas Morning News.
Jones said enough to confirm that the issue won’t be resolved at Thursday’s hearing before Special Master Stephen Burbank.
“I can’t and won’t address the specifics and certainly wouldn’t dare try to predict what the resolution will be,” Jones said. “I’m glad we’ve got an opportunity to present it under the labor agreement to a mediator. It won’t resolve the issue, but it will help decide whether or not we can go before a mediator.”
Though no mediator is involved (yet), Jones is saying (we think) that Burbank will indeed be taking up the question of whether the Cowboys and Redskins have the ability to pursue relief under the labor deal, given that the NFL and the NFLPA agreed to the imposition of the cap penalties. As we reported last month, the NFL filed a “motion to dismiss” the grievance, arguing that the Redskins and Cowboys have no recourse under the CBA since the union signed off on the removal and redistribution of cap space.
If a grievance under the CBA won’t fly, the Cowboys and Redskins will have to pursue relief through other avenues. The real question is whether they will.
It’s one thing to file a grievance under the labor deal. It’s quite another to go full-blown Al Davis and file a federal lawsuit against the league.