Nov 20, 2011; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gestures on the field prior to the game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Detroit Lions Get Gift of Extra $1.6 Million in Salary Cap Space


The restructured contracts of Ndamukong Suh, Matthew Stafford and Nate Burleson aren’t the only forms of salary cap relief the Lions got today. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Cowboys and Redskins are paying a heavy price for the way they finagled the system during the NFL’s uncapped year in 2010.

Teams were reportedly told not to use the uncapped year as a salary dumping tool. Apparently the Cowboys and Redskins either weren’t creative enough in toeing that line or they just didn’t believe there would be sever consequences. There are certainly consequences and they appear quite severe.

On the eve of free agency, the Cowboys have been stripped of $10 million in cap space while the Redskins will lose an astounding $36 million. Per Schefter, those penalties can be spread over 2012 and 2013 at the teams’ discretion.

Those teams’ loss is the Lions’ (and others’) gain.

Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder do so much to try to take from the rest of the league and in doing so now have to give back to the league. I’ll take it.

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys Detroit Lions Free Agency Salary Cap Washington Redskins