LANDOVER - SEPTEMBER 12: London Fletcher #59 of the Washington Redskins stops Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys during the NFL season opener against the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField on September 12 2010 in Landover Maryland. The Redskins defeated the Cowboys 13-7. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
An appeal date before an independent arbitrator has been set for the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins to appeal the salary cap penalties they received for their actions during the NFL's 2010 uncapped season:
According to another source close to this one, there are a number of steps that need to be taken before the May 10 hearing, too.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 18, 2012
As part of the new CBA, Special Master Stephen Burbank will handle the grievance.
Many within the NFLPA are supporting the Cowboys and the Redskins appeal, as they see the penalties as tantamount to collusion. The CBA clearly stated that there wasn't a salary cap in 2010, but many NFL owners resented the high-spending ways of both NFC East teams for driving up the prices of their free agents.
The league will counter that both teams actions violated the "spirit" of the league's agreement, as the other owners voted 29-0 to uphold the penalties earlier in the off-season.