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Report: Redskins choose not to carry over $1.3 million in cap space

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In 2012, the NFL took $36 million in cap space away from the Redskins for treating the uncapped year of 2010 too literally. The league spread the penalty over two years, taking $18 million from Washington in 2012 and another $18 million in 2013.

Despite the penalties, the team still had $1.3 million in remaining 2013 cap space. Under the current labor contract, that money can be carried over, no questions asked.

According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, the Redskins opted not to carry over the $1.3 million in cap space.

That’s right.  The team owned by a man many believed would spend like the Yankees if there was no salary cap elected to forego the ability to expand this year’s spending limit by $1.3 million.

There’s no logical reason for it.  Unused cap space can now be carried over year to year automatically, with none of the games teams used to have to play to push cap space artificially from one year to the next.

The only plausible explanation, other than negligence, is spite.  Still miffed that the league unfairly took away $36 million in cap space, the Redskins essentially said to the league (and to the union, which agreed to the cap penalties), “No thanks.  We’ll manage without the extra $1.3 million.  After all, we managed with $18 million less in each of the last two years.”

It’s still odd that any team wouldn’t carry over every dollar.  It costs nothing, and it doesn’t count toward the current 89-percent spending requirement on a four-year rolling average.

Per Pelissero, the Rams chose not to carry over $172,000, and the Giants chose to pass on $17,000.  That’s nothing compared to the decision to not retain the ability to spend an extra $1.3 million.

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32 Responses to “Report: Redskins choose not to carry over $1.3 million in cap space”
  1. andreboy1 says: Mar 10, 2014 8:31 PM

    I wonder if RGME will have a press conference to discuss this?

  2. maddnola says: Mar 10, 2014 8:33 PM

    100% that’s spite don’t blame them a bit since it was their own division foe snitching to Roger. I would send Marra the 1.3 mill in pennies to the Giants just to make the point even further.

  3. seatownballers says: Mar 10, 2014 8:33 PM

    Foolish to let pride hold ya back from gaining

  4. chinahand11 says: Mar 10, 2014 8:33 PM

    Unbelievable. Either me or the Skins owner is out of touch. That looks like a lot of money to me.

  5. erikthredd says: Mar 10, 2014 8:34 PM

    Thats because Daniel Snyder is a moron

  6. edrooneyjr says: Mar 10, 2014 8:35 PM

    I doubt
    That this is accurate

  7. meatcarroll says: Mar 10, 2014 8:37 PM

    Change the name already.

  8. sarcasm says: Mar 10, 2014 8:39 PM

    Incompetence! Whether it’s $13.00 or $1.3 million you move it to the current year.

  9. govtminion says: Mar 10, 2014 8:40 PM

    This team… there just aren’t words for these guys sometimes.

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 10, 2014 8:40 PM

    If you have time to lean you have time to clean. Some people just don’t make it a habit to get the full job done.

  11. diegiantsdie says: Mar 10, 2014 8:41 PM

    what a bunch of morons. they could use that to help with a real qb

  12. Gordon says: Mar 10, 2014 8:41 PM

    Commitment to incompetence.

  13. 2013 NFC East Champs says: Mar 10, 2014 8:46 PM

    When you think . . . you have seen it all – along comes the Redskins.

  14. kegowhisky says: Mar 10, 2014 8:47 PM

    What about the possibility that the team knows what it needs to spend in free agency and for all other contracts and really doesn’t need the extra 1.3M?

  15. jb13521 says: Mar 10, 2014 8:47 PM

    Hard to figure out what they’re doing in DC. Seems like they will never get it… Don’t know if they have anyone who’s even allowed to speak other than Dan.

  16. romosmicrodongs says: Mar 10, 2014 8:48 PM

    Were I Bruce Allen I’d be worried that if I took the 1.3 mil the competition committee would pass a rule making it illegal and being retroactively punished

  17. haytammy says: Mar 10, 2014 8:50 PM


  18. brooklyn40niner says: Mar 10, 2014 8:56 PM

    Change the name.

  19. gbmickey says: Mar 10, 2014 9:01 PM

    Not hard to see why teams like the Redskins and Vikings sit home come playoff time.

  20. ncheelsboysfan says: Mar 10, 2014 9:12 PM

    Apparently the Redskins need that so old Dan can have a fatter profit LOL!

  21. jb13521 says: Mar 10, 2014 9:14 PM

    Oh, besides dan I forgot to mention RG3

  22. charge1 says: Mar 10, 2014 9:20 PM

    Can’t be accurate- go hate on your own teams that are dumping your star players because you are capped out.

  23. floratiotime says: Mar 10, 2014 9:23 PM

    It wasn’t a penalty. They just had to apply what they paid towards the cap like every other team. Penalty talk is just propaganda for the dumb fans.

  24. tinbender2000 says: Mar 10, 2014 9:26 PM

    If I found 1.3 million laying on the sidewalk I’d bother to bend down and pick it up.

  25. skinsrock says: Mar 10, 2014 9:31 PM

    Why is it an option at all? Your cap space should be your cap space.

  26. quizguy66 says: Mar 10, 2014 9:47 PM

    Even notoriously frugal Mike Brown doesn’t do this!

  27. toonloonboon says: Mar 10, 2014 10:03 PM

    while you were reading this, snyder just made another 1.3 million

  28. sumkat says: Mar 10, 2014 10:09 PM

    Seems odd. Even if you aren’t going to use it, I see no logical reason to not give yourself the option

  29. blackqbwhiterb says: Mar 10, 2014 10:13 PM

    I dunno….. If that means they’d have an extra $1.3 million available to spend this year, why not? They have roster needs…. Unless there’s more to the story, I’m mystified…

  30. hungbob says: Mar 10, 2014 10:14 PM

    Gordon says: Mar 10, 2014 8:41 PM

    Commitment to incompetence.

    Sounds a lot like the Raiders slogan

    Commitment to Excrement

  31. veretax says: Mar 10, 2014 10:16 PM

    Isn’t it possible that the Skins want to use that cash to pay off Shanahan?

  32. ancyentfathoms says: Mar 10, 2014 10:40 PM

    Get that retraction ready, big cheese.

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