Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins see arbitrator in cap case


The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins had a 90-minute appeal hearing before system arbitrator Stephen Burbank, who heard the teams' objections to the NFL's reductions to their respective salary caps.

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The Cowboys and Redskins already had filed reply briefs detailing their arguments, and the hearing Thursday at the University of Pennsylvania addressed the standard motion-to-dismiss, as filed by the league.

According to, the NFL argued its agreement with the players' union on the matter prevents the Cowboys and Redskins' grievance and that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell holds the power to adopt measures to ensure competitive balance. The teams' briefs, according to sources with knowledge of the contents, argue that any agreement between the clubs to control salaries during the uncapped year shouldn't be allowed.

The NFL penalized the Cowboys and Redskins for overloading contracts during the 2010 uncapped season despite league warnings. No ruling is expected soon.

The Redskins lost $36 million in salary-cap space over two years, and the Cowboys lost $10 million.

"We wanted to present our case and we were able to," Redskins general manager Bruce Allen told The Associated Press. "... We just have to let the process play out."

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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