On Monday, the news broke that the Washington Redskins would lose $36 million in cap space and the Dallas Cowboys $10 million over the next two seasons for spending too much during the "uncapped" 2010 season. The NFL issued a statement later in the day saying that "the parties to the CBA agreed to adjustments to team salary for the 2012 and 2013 seasons."
But the Cowboys and Redskins, who are without a doubt "parties to the CBA" issued statements Monday night that indicate they don't know what the league is talking about.
"The Washington Redskins have received no written documentation from the NFL concerning adjustments to the team salary cap in 2012 as reported in various media outlets," Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said in a statement released by the team. "Every contract entered into by the club during the applicable periods complied with the 2010 and 2011 collective bargaining agreements and, in fact, were approved by the NFL commissioner’s office. We look forward to free agency, the draft and the coming football season."
"The Dallas Cowboys were in compliance with all league salary cap rules during the uncapped year," a Cowboys spokesman said. "We look forward to the start of the free agency period where our commitment to improving our team remains unchanged."
I do not know why the teams would issue statements denying knowledge of the reported sanctions if they were, in fact, in agreement with the decision as the NFL would lead us to believe. If I ran the Redskins or Cowboys and a story like that broke, I imagine I'd call the league and ask what was up with that. I'd do it before releasing a statement denying any knowledge of the reported punishments. So I don't know why these teams would release these statements, since it's obvious to all of us that they must by now have been in contact with the league about this story.
I know that the NFLPA and the other 30 teams are in agreement about the settlement, but the Redskins' and Cowboys' statements indicate that perhaps they intend to kick about this a little bit. Stay tuned.