Dallas Cowboys to Receive Arbitration Hearing on Salary Cap Debacle: A Fan’s Take

It looks like the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins might be making some leeway when it comes to the salary cap issues. The owners meetings are underway and both Jerry Jones and Washington GM Bruce Allen made their case for why the penalties were unfair.

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The two men were dismissed from the meeting while the other owners discussed the situation. It should come as no surprise that Dallas and Washington's main rival, the New York Giants' owner John Mara, said he believes the penalties are fair.

"I thought the penalties imposed were proper," Mara said. "What they did was in violation of the spirit of the salary cap. They tried to take advantage of a one-year loophole, and quite frankly, I think they're lucky they didn't lose draft picks."

That comment comes as no surprise from Mara and makes him look like a joke in this situation. Of course he wants the teams punished because it helps his team compete in the NFC East. He probably wishes the Philadelphia Eagles were involved to so he could win the division hands down. Mara has no place in this argument at all and is a joke as the head of the NFL Management Council.

No rules were broken so the punishment should not have happened. The NFL Front Office agreed on the contracts, so no penalties should be imposed. Now, with the objections by the teams, the NFL confirmed that the entire issue will be dealt with in arbitration, presided over by professor Stephen Burbank of the University of Pennsylvania.

I am looking forward to this because this means an outsider will get to decide if penalties passed down by bitter competitors for not breaking any rule is fair. I assume I understand how this entire appeal will turn out and believe Dallas and Washington will win out here.

Dallas didn't pay much attention to the salary hit as they signed a record number of free agents, bringing in seven new players, led by cornerback Brandon Carr and backup quarterback Kyle Orton. There is no word on when the arbitration hearing will take place but one has to wonder how hard the NFL will fight it with possible collusion charges peeking its head in the door.

Author Shawn S. Lealos has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma (2000) and has been a Dallas Cowboys' fan since he was a child. His favorite players range from Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett to the Triplets of the 90s and he enjoys talking about all Cowboys' related news, good or bad

Source: NFL.COM

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Updated Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012