The press asked a Redskins executive about the salary cap penalty and the executive responded, "Ask John Mara." So the press asked Mara and he said, “What they did was in violation of the spirit of the salary cap. "
Oh I see now, even though there was no actual salary cap in 2010 according to the CBA, the "spirit" of the salary cap still existed. Thanks for clearing that up Mara.
As to your "roll the dice" comment. They did exactly that, which was a smart business move in my opinion that violated no laws and no written rules. They behaved exactly as the current CBA allowed them to behave. The problem is, and (see my analogy a few posts up) is that the other owners were so irritated with Snyder and Jones for a multitude of "sins" against the "fraternity" (as another poster so eloquently put it) they decided to get back at them in a way that telegraphed they were breaking the law. Team Management probably figured the NFL would not have had the gall to go after them on this, because to do so would open them up to all sorts of larger issues. The fact that the owners did exactly that, and have been allowed to get away with it is a travesty.
If the players association ends up winning their lawsuit, the owners and Mara should really ask themselves was their petty attack on the Redskins and Cowboys worth it? Or has all this done more harm than good.
this whole notion by our own fans that the redskins tried to get an unfair 'competitive advantage' in unloading a couple of bad contracts in the uncapped year is a load of bunk.
the redskins didnt do anything any other team couldnt have done. every team in the NFL tries to put themselves in the best position to win, whether it be financially, personnel-wise, whatever. this is what the redskins did. they played by the rules, and got screwed by the man.
how some of our own fans dont see this, i have no idea.
The League were not in dispute with the player's association. They were playing in an uncapped season under the remit of the previous Collective Bargaining Agreement. There was an agreement for an uncapped year. You have to consider these issues in that context. The correct context.
It would be illegal to engage in any collusion to avoid the uncapped year. The Redskins, and several other teams, simply played by the rules that had been agreed between the league and the union. They had no unfair advantage. Any team acting properly could have done what the Redskins (and others) did. Those that engaged in the collusion acted illegally. That is the context within which the League approved the Redskins contracts.
It is irrational, in the correct context, to consider the Redskins as anything but the innocent party in this completely.
That the Redskins and the Union may have signed their rights away under the latest CBA doesn't alter anything,
What's really annoying about Mara's big mouth and decision to pursue the Redskins and Cowboys for not joining his illegal collusion is not that it harms the Skins (which it does) but it may jeopardize the whole CBA.
Is the lawsuit from the players union still pending? And are there any updates? Any deadline to make a decision? After the year is over?? Any reliable source in the net that can post this info???
My only question is why haven't the Redskins continued to pursue this via more mediation or courts?
I had my pitchfork and torch in hand ready to March to New York, but after thinking about it, the 'skins and 'boys silence on the matter has raised my suspicion towards the two clubs.
I will never again respect that gang of backstabbing whiners and I am fine seeing this brought up every time we play them.
I used to have a grudging respect for the Giants. No longer. I hope they lose every game they play, and some they don't.
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I kinda gotta feeling that after this season is over, Danny Snyder and Jerruh Jones may address this issue. Just a feeling...
The Hungry Mann.
That was a good one.
You failed to mention one of the most disgusting things about the penalty. It was issued the NIGHT BEFORE free agency opened. What a gutless move by Mara and the League. You wait until a few hours before free agency opens and leave the Skins NO chance to adjust any other contracts to make a big splash. As you can tell, I am still bitter.
NO Pressure, No Diamonds, KNOW Pressure, Know Diamonds!
Griffin said that he was going to watch the game with his family and that he will never attend a Super Bowl if he needs a ticket to get in.
From one of the links posted in the OP.
Uh huh.Last week, the NFL filed a brief that devotes 10-plus pages to the concise, conclusive, and convincing demonstration that the players signed away their right to sue for collusion occurring in 2010. As to the suggestion that the NFL had a secret salary cap of $123 million in 2010, the NFL shows that the actual spending contradicts the existence of a secret cap,with team-by-team numbers that, for 21 franchises, exceeded the allegedly secret spending limit.
And following that one.
The League was up against a wall. Free Agency was literally right around the corner and there was no deal done yet. Actually,they were looking at a salary cap that was less than the what they had before and that simply wouldn't do. This worked out for Mara especially. His team had messed up their cap situation and were not too fond of what that could mean for the future season. Redskins and Cowboys represented a nice amount of money available even after it was split 28 ways. Not only that,they were division opponents and what the hell? He could get in a nice shot or two at Jerry and Dan. So the decision to go after their cap money was an easy, opportunistic one. Nail two teams instead of 21,(and as I stated,division opponents as well),and come up with some extra money for the cap. NFLPA reps had to take the deal for similar reasons as the NFL was offering it. No way they could go to the players with a cap figure less than what it was before. Deal's made at the last moment and the announcement is made just as soon as they can get the papers signed. Perfect timing for Mara and the Giants.It’s a strong presentation of facts and law. But, as the league seems to do from time to time, it brief goes one step too far, at page 13: “There were no rules or agreements broken by the Redskins, the Cowboys, or any other Club with respect to Player Contracts executed in the 2010 League Year.”
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