Cowboys Salary Cap: Dallas Must Pay Half Of Penalty In 2012, According To Report

It was reported on Monday that the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins were being hit with salary cap penalties by the NFL for cap violations. As a result, the Cowboys will be stripped of $10 million in cap space.

According to ProFootballTalk, the Cowboys must accept at least half of that penalty this season.

A league source tells PFT that the teams will be required to absorb at least half of the cap consequences in 2012. For the Cowboys, it means $5 million in lost cap room. For the Redskins, $18 million disappears.

They can each choose to absorb more of the cap penalty in 2012, or they can push all of the other half to 2013.

Although that is certainly a bit of a salve for the Cowboys, it likely throws a wrench into their offseason plans, particularly as the ruling comes just one day before free agency opens on Tuesday.

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