March 12th, 2012 at 6:06 PM ^

it seems like both teams front loaded contracts to take advantage of the uncapped year (i.e. setting up a contract to have a large hit in a year where there was no cap).  The NFL supposedly, allegedly warned teams not to do this.  Now they are smiting these transgressors with the might of Thor.


March 12th, 2012 at 6:10 PM ^

NFL is penalizing each team for cheating the system during the uncapped 2010 year. Both teams front-loaded contracts. I guess the Redskins did much more of it.



March 12th, 2012 at 7:08 PM ^

Warn teams not to go over cap. Then penalize them 2 years after the infractions occur. 

A real shame, because the Redskins had 40 mil in cap space to buy RG3 some new toys to play with. The 36 will have to be paid over 2 years, maybe 18 this year, and 18 the next year. It's manageable for the Redskins, as long as they go Moneyball. They were thinking of going after Vincent Jackson, but that might not be such an good option now. 


March 12th, 2012 at 8:22 PM ^

I'm sure there will be a legal challenge and I'll be interested to see how it turns out, but I'm pretty sure the NFL is going to argue that this is about the way the contracts are structured, not the amount they are for. There was no collusion to curb spending that year, but  Dallas and Washington treated it as a loophole to circumvent any future cap. 


March 12th, 2012 at 9:16 PM ^

I made this thread earlier but my choice of words to describe the situation was I guess not approved of thus stripping me of all mgopoints... (Insert Dick Vitale ARE YOU SERIOUS?!) I guess I should have said "Shafted" or "Hosed" instead of what I wrote down... 

On topic though... This is a really bad deal for both teams since they essentially broke no written rules.

It is especially bad for the Redskins who were counting on Free Agency to re-build. (Not with old guys this time.)  They may not have made the RGIII deal if they knew this was coming down the pike, although some sources say they knew per WJFK in DC.


March 12th, 2012 at 9:47 PM ^

Maybe my Browns should offer a trade to the Skins for that #2 pick they now cant afford to get any talent around.  Let's see.....we'll give them our #4 pick and......maybe a could of 5th rounders.

Enjoy Danny.....enjoy!


March 13th, 2012 at 12:55 AM ^

They need to make all bonuses count the year they are paid.  Why bother having a cap if you are going to allow teams to "loophole" them?  The system needs to be streamlined so that agents have less power to pull shenanigans.  In the long run, it would help both the owners and the players.  

The only people who would be hurt are the agents who take their percentage of signing bonuses off the top but are nowhere to be found when the team sues to get half of it back.


March 13th, 2012 at 10:01 AM ^

I kind of doubt they'll pay the whole amounts because they more violated the spirit of the uncapped year than anything else, but I do expect some penalty of sorts to be paid.  I do think the NFL needs to grow up a bit with all of this "competitive unfairness" crap - this is a multi-billion dollar sport with millionare/billionaire owners.  They know what they are doing, and acting like the owners of Dallas and D.C. shouldn't be able to spend their money how they want seems silly.


March 13th, 2012 at 10:54 AM ^

I was just reading analysis about the Redskins gameplan, which was stockpiling draft picks and changed dramatically because they had cap space and got the #2 pick from the Rams.  This again will change everything for them and make Shanahan's job that much more difficult....AGAIN.