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.
All that money goes to 28 other teams — $1.6 million each — except for Saints and Raiders, who don’t get any but don’t lose any.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2012
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.