Arbitration hearing set for Redskins, Cowboys over cap penalties

The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins will head to an arbitration hearing against the NFL on May 10 in an effort to have the salary-cap penalties imposed against them overturned.

Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports the hearing will take place before Stephen Burbank, a law professor at Penn who serves as an arbitrator for the league.

The NFL docked the Redskins $36 million in cap space in 2012 and 2013 and the Cowboys were forced to forfeit $10 million over the same period because of money dumped into the uncapped year of 2010. The teams would argue that the league approved all of those contracts at that time and they have done no wrong.

According to Maske, a decision by Burbank could be appealed by both sides or the parties could reach a settlement of some type.

The league has charged the clubs worked to gain an unfair advantage by dumping cap space in that year in the way they worked over contracts. What’s made the case particularly interesting is the NFLPA agreed to the cap cuts for the clubs in an effort to keep the league from lowering the salary cap for all 32 teams.

It will be interesting to watch Jerry Jones and Daniel Snyder join forces on an issue. Stay tuned.

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