Jerry Jones: Cap penalty had impact

IRVING, Texas -- Owner Jerry Jones says the Dallas Cowboys were "impacted to some degree" this offseason by the NFL's $10 million salary-cap penalty, but that it didn't prevent the team from making necessary moves during free agency.

The league sanctioned the Cowboys and the Washington Redskins in March for how they structured contracts in 2010. Both teams filed grievances with the league over the penalties, but rules prevent Jones from commenting on specifics of the team's appeal.

"We certainly are hopeful that the mediator will see our side of it," Jones said during a pre-draft news conference Wednesday.

A hearing will be held on May 10 before Stephen Burbank, a University of Pennsylvania professor who serves as the NFL's arbitrator. There is no timetable on Burbank's ruling.

The Cowboys and Redskins were docked a combined $46 million in salary-cap space over the 2012 and '13 season for how they structured contracts in 2010, an uncapped year. The Cowboys' $10 million penalty and Redskins' $36 million penalty were split evenly over the next two seasons.

Jones said the penalty "impacted to some degree" the Cowboys' plans, but it did not prevent them from signing cornerback Brandon Carr, guards Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings, quarterback Kyle Orton and linebacker Dan Connor in the first week of free agency.

"Hats off really to (executive vice president) Stephen [Jones]. We have really been able to manage, and I can say we have not missed anything that we wouldn't have done relative to free agency, relative to that cap deduction that we had," Jerry Jones said. "Consequently, we're halfway through the problem now with this draft. Then we go into next year and we've got a full year to plan on it."