The NFL and NFLPA agreed on a move Monday that would essentially take a combined $46 million from the Dallas Cowboys ($10mill) and Washington Redskins($36mill) and spread it out evenly to every other team in the NFL (except the Saints and Raiders).
The second I heard this, I instantly though of Nelson from the Simpsons doing his “ah ha Bart” laugh.
But when I read into it further, the move actually helps push the 2012 salary cap from $116 million to $120.6 million, thus actually helping every other NFL team (and players) by giving them an additional $1.6 million in cap space.
For the in depth explanation, check out this post from ProFootballTalk.com, but if you just want the nuts and bolts, basically in 2010 when the NFL had no salary cap, the Redskins and Cowboys went crazy with contracts, and now they are being penalized for it (even though it was the NFL who approved those contracts in the first place).
The NFL basically said to the NFLPA, “if you let us take this cap space from the Cowboys and Redskins, we’ll apply it to the 2012 salary cap.” And that’s all it took for the NFLPA to agree to the deal. Of course they would though. They want as much money available for the players as possible so it makes perfect sense.
It sucks to be the Cowboys and Redskins though.