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Cowboys Plan To File Grievance Against NFL

The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins plan to fight the NFL over the penalties they received during the uncapped 2010 NFL season. Combined the two teams have lost $46 million -- $10 million for the Cowboys and $36 million for the Redskins -- in salary cap space in penalties for front loading players contracts in the 2010 season.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk provides some details of the grievance:

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the Cowboys and Redskins have filed a formal grievance against the NFL, the NFL Management Council, and the NFL Players Association challenging the agreement to remove and redistribute cap space allocated to the Cowboys and Redskins in exchange for increasing the total salary cap for 2012 to $120.6 million per team.

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It's currently believed that the grievance focuses on procedural defects, such as the failure to put the measure to a vote of league ownership or NFLPA leadership, without articulating the hot-button underlying argument that the Cowboys and Redskins are being punished for refusing to engage in illegal collusion in the year before the lockout began.

The way the grievance is presented it is going to be handled by an outside source by Special Master Stephen Burbank and review by an Appeals Panel which goes in line with Article 15 of the collective bargaining agreement.

With the issue revolving around collusion there could be a chance that a this issue could be brought forward through a federal lawsuit.

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