Cowboys say cap penalty not hindering them

The NFL cracked down on the Dallas Cowboys for dumping salary into the uncapped 2010 year.

The Cowboys were fined $10 million against their cap over the next two years, escaping without nearly the $36 million penalty the Washington Redskins were socked with.

But Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones made it clear it’s only a minor speed bump for his organization and it will not prevent the team from meeting its goals with the roster. Jones announced the Cowboys will split the penalty, taking $5 million this year and $5 million next. Dallas has signed five players and Jones indicates more additions are in the works.

“First of all, the No. 1 thing we always try to be in a position to do, regardless of the situation, is do the things we need to do to make us a better football team for the upcoming season,'' Jones said, according to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. "Obviously, getting the cap hit, you have to deal with it and the ramifications of that but it's not going to stop us from being able to do the things we have to do to be a championship caliber football team in 2012.''

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