Cowboys, 'Skins penalized for overspending

John Kryk, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:14 PM ET

PALM BEACH, FLA. - The NFL defended its decision Monday to penalize both the Cowboys and Redskins for overspending in 2010, the "uncapped" year before the lockout.

In a statement, the league acknowledged that both clubs have challenged the punishment. The NFL instead termed it an "agreement" with the players association, which it said "will promote competitive balance without reducing the salary cap or player spending on a league-wide basis."

The NFL docked the Redskins $18 million and the Cowboys $5 million against the cap over each of the next two years for what the league said was their attempt in 2010 "to avoid certain salary-cap charges in 2011 and later years."

A University of Pennsylvania prof will arbitrate the dispute. No date has been set for a hearing.

"The NFL and clubs will have no further comment at this time," the release said.

 


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