The Redskins remain upset with the $36 million in cap penalties imposed against the franchise in 2012 for taking the term “uncapped year” too literally in 2010.
The Redskins promptly filed a grievance under the labor deal. Though the effort was unsuccessful, the Redskins continue to be irritated and frustrated by the seemingly arbitrary punishment.
Through it all, the possibility of litigation has percolated. Last month, the Washington Post reported that a lawsuit could be coming, including an effort to delay the start of free agency while the team’s attempt to recover its stolen cap space is determined in court.
On Monday, G.M. Bruce Allen said that a lawsuit has never been contemplated, and that there’s nothing the Redskins can do.
A source familiar with the team’s thinking throughout this process tells PFT that Allen’s comments could be evidence that a deal between the team and the NFL has been struck, or still could be.
Any agreement would entail restoration of cap space; thus, it would be difficult if not impossible to keep the arrangement completely quiet. Both the NFL and NFLPA track cash and cap spending. If the Redskins at some point in the future exceed their allotment of cap space, the union will be able to connect the dots.
Either way, the decision of the Redskins to act like everything is fine when the facts suggest otherwise means there could be more to this one than meets the eye.