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Shanahan suggests Redskins are still challenging cap penalties

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Lost in all the hand-wringing and tooth-gnashing regarding the latest knee injury suffered by Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was an interesting comment from coach Mike Shanahan regarding $36 million in cap penalties that have hampered the 2012 and 2013 Redskins.

Asked during a lengthy end-of-season press conference whether the Redskins are still challenging the sanctions arising from treating the uncapped year of 2010 too literally, Shanahan said this:  “Well, I can’t answer that at this time so that means we’re still involved in it.  Yes, we’re still involved in it.  When I can speak about it, I will speak.  But at this time, I can’t.  I think that answers your question.”

It does, but it really doesn’t.  The Redskins and the Cowboys tried within the confines of the labor deal to challenge the penalties not long after they were imposed, but to no avail.  Thereafter, the teams did some huffing and puffing about pursuing legal action, but nothing ever came of it.

Shanahan’s comments strongly imply that the Redskins are doing something to challenge the penalties.  It’s just not clear what they’re doing, and in turn there’s no way of assessing whether it will work.

Given the magnitude of the cap penalties, it makes sense to try.  The cap won’t be going up much over $120.6 million per team.  For the Redskins, that’s nearly 15 percent gone in 2012, and another 15 percent unavailable in 2013.

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31 Responses to “Shanahan suggests Redskins are still challenging cap penalties”
  1. losangeleschargers17 says: Jan 7, 2013 8:17 PM

    Cheated the cap to help the broncos win it twice in ’98 and 99 so of course this bizo is gonna cheat again.

    Cheaters are cheaters.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 7, 2013 8:23 PM

    Ahh yes, this is where the owner offers $2 for every cap dollar if he can free up some space. The only question is who gets the money and how do we position this deal to pass as legal in case we get caught?

  3. supremekingz says: Jan 7, 2013 8:27 PM

    Ouch. Reminds me of the 49ers a decade ago

  4. mrbigass says: Jan 7, 2013 8:30 PM

    Forget the cap. Go buy some Field Turf. Surely the savings in not losing players to injury will work itself out……..

  5. paredskinwarrior1985 says: Jan 7, 2013 8:39 PM

    good bye nfl anti-monopoly protection thanks to mara cheating and trying to gain a upper advantage over the redskins and cowboys!!!!

    this is a great thing!!! hope the redskins put those lying cheating owners under!!!!

    HTTR

  6. watchfullhose says: Jan 7, 2013 8:46 PM

    Also, I hear he’s interested in Gruden…more to come, as the situation is extremely fluid.

  7. maritime85 says: Jan 7, 2013 8:49 PM

    im tired of hearing about the redskins. thanks rg3

  8. mcwest1 says: Jan 7, 2013 8:49 PM

    If there’s a FA who they desperately want, they can offer him a 5 year contract paying the FA a small amount in the first year (2013) and big money in the 2nd year of the contract and guarantee the first 2 years. In 2014 redo said contract and make a large portion of the guaranteed 2nd year a signing bonus and spread it out over 4 years (2014-2017).

    They get their player, the player gets paid, and the Skins stay under their cap for 2013.

  9. logicalvoicesays says: Jan 7, 2013 8:49 PM

    Roger Goodell ruined the sport and it’s flagship QB/player. The NFL can stick it. I’m boycotting anything NFL related outside of the Redskins as of this point. Won’t watch the NFL Network nor anything until August. That’s a promise.

  10. tfbuckfutter says: Jan 7, 2013 8:58 PM

    Did he just say he couldn’t answer the question before more or less answering the question?

    I really fear for the day when Mike Shanahan is out of football and entrenched in politics.

  11. nananatman says: Jan 7, 2013 9:13 PM

    They spent willy nilly over the cap so they could field the best team and cheat policies that promote competition. They got caught. They got punished. Go cry.

  12. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 7, 2013 9:16 PM

    Slimy move, got caught, pay the price. Snyder and his idol both. Stop blaming Mara when every other owner in the league voted for the penalties. They were warned and did it anyway.

  13. easywolf says: Jan 7, 2013 9:24 PM

    Redskins equals top 5 dumb money organization

  14. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Jan 7, 2013 9:28 PM

    Here we go Steelers, here we go!

  15. dybzinski10 says: Jan 7, 2013 9:28 PM

    2012 is over. Gone baby gone. You really think they’re going to get that money back and let them then overspend the other teams in future years?

    Shanahan is diverting attention away from his decision not to pull an ailing RG3, and can blame this instead when he shortened his team’s future.

  16. chawk12thman says: Jan 7, 2013 9:46 PM

    This brings up a great topic for discussion for the next few weeks. What teams are up against cap problems and need to release quality players before what timeline/milestones? Now that would be a good read.

  17. randallflagg52 says: Jan 7, 2013 9:49 PM

    Maybe if they managed the cap better they wouldn’t have to worry about penalties. I’m just saying, how much did they overpay for Garcon and Morgan? They aren’t bad players but they paid WAY too much for those two.

  18. theheyseed says: Jan 7, 2013 9:53 PM

    Goodell is a lacky for John Mara. They both hate Dan snyder. Wish he would sell the team.

  19. chawk12thman says: Jan 7, 2013 9:58 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Jan 7, 2013 8:49 PM
    Roger Goodell ruined the sport and it’s flagship QB/player. The NFL can stick it. I’m boycotting anything NFL related outside of the Redskins as of this point. Won’t watch the NFL Network nor anything until August. That’s a promise.

    ================================
    Logic,

    If you would only promise to stop commenting here on PFT, my year would be made.

  20. gettingseattled says: Jan 7, 2013 10:00 PM

    How many scandals can you commit in a two day span? By my count it’s 3 so far……so where does last year’s follies fit it in? Not sure yet.

  21. tjh9985 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:13 PM

    Hail To The Seahawks

  22. mrcogburn says: Jan 7, 2013 10:16 PM

    Or maybe Shanahan really doesn’t know what’s going on with that, ergo the stumbling answer.

    Along with his utter mismanagement of RGIII, I’m getting the feeling this cat isn’t as smart as we’ve been led to believe.

  23. brentsingleton1978 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:17 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Jan 7, 2013 8:49 PM
    Roger Goodell ruined the sport and it’s flagship QB/player. The NFL can stick it. I’m boycotting anything NFL related outside of the Redskins as of this point. Won’t watch the NFL Network nor anything until August. That’s a promise.

    ———————————————————————————–wish you would disappear forever nobody wants to hear your whining or your conspiracy theory’s just get over it Redskins lost because they are not as good as you thought they where

  24. denverscott says: Jan 7, 2013 10:29 PM

    logicalvoicesays says: Jan 7, 2013 8:49 PM

    Roger Goodell ruined the sport and it’s flagship QB/player. The NFL can stick it. I’m boycotting anything NFL related outside of the Redskins as of this point. Won’t watch the NFL Network nor anything until August. That’s a promise.
    ————————————————————–
    Good. Stop posting your drivel while you’re at it.

  25. navyeoddavee9 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:29 PM

    Logicalvoicesays: rg3 is a good. Could be great player, godell didn’t ruin anyone, if rg3 is ruined its by the redskins head-coach’s hand. Be a man and grow up

  26. ceschatz says: Jan 7, 2013 10:37 PM

    logicalvoicesays January 7, 2013, 8:49 PM EST

    Roger Goodell ruined the sport and it’s flagship QB/player. The NFL can stick it. I’m boycotting anything NFL related outside of the Redskins as of this point. Won’t watch the NFL Network nor anything until August. That’s a promise.
    —————————

    Wow, what a sore loser. being a redskins fan, id figure you were used to losing and being irrelevant by now

  27. enrifer says: Jan 7, 2013 11:21 PM

    Why wouldn’t they fight for it, they won’t have top picks next year they need the cap space to sign veterans.

  28. nonjaghater says: Jan 8, 2013 1:17 AM

    boy do i want to play for him as coach. all about the team

  29. nonjaghater says: Jan 8, 2013 1:23 AM

    he got lucky with the broncos. snyder is blind to…well everything. time to hire a new head coach for more record times than any team owner ever

  30. napalmx says: Jan 8, 2013 8:22 AM

    logicalvoicesays January 7, 2013, 8:49 PM EST

    Roger Goodell ruined the sport and it’s flagship QB/player. The NFL can stick it. I’m boycotting anything NFL related outside of the Redskins as of this point. Won’t watch the NFL Network nor anything until August. That’s a promise.

    ______________

    How about boycotting this blog then too?

  31. bluebongzilla says: Jan 8, 2013 12:52 PM

    Collusion: “a secret agreement, especially for fraudulent or treacherous purposes”

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