July 13, 2020

Washington Redskins GM Bruce Allen fires back at NFL in light of cap docking

Monday afternoon, the NFL issued a statement that the Washington Redskins would be docked $36 million against the salary cap over the next two years as a result of front-loaded contracts during the uncapped season of 2010. Later Monday, Washington Redskins GM Bruce Allen issued the following statement:

“The Washington Redskins have received no written documentation from the NFL concerning adjustments to the team salary cap in 2012 as reported in various media outlets. Every contract entered into by the club during the applicable periods complied with the 2010 and 2011 collective bargaining agreements and, in fact, were approved by the NFL commissioner’s office. We look forward to free agency, the draft and the coming football season.”

Obviously, the Redskins statement won’t be the end of this situation, but we can’t imagine this ending well for anyone. The league saw fit to make the situation public and the Redskins are now pushing back.

Free agency opens Tuesday at 4 p.m. and the Redskins have several areas they would like to address, including wide receiver, offensive tackle and safety, especially in light of the release of Oshiomogho Atogwe Monday. They planned to have plenty of cap space available with which to fill these needs, but Monday’s revelations could have a sweeping impact on their pursuit of free agents.

The fact that the league approved these restructured contracts, then two years later invalidated the entire process, is beyond ridiculous. The way the Redskins and Cowboys restructured these deals to bear the brunt of them during the uncapped season was within the applicable rules at that time. The revisionist history we saw on Monday smells of collusion among parties that weren’t smart enough to take advantage of the processes available.

There will be much more to this. Don’t be surprised if it ends up in litigation.


Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Nats and the Caps, and previously wrote Nats News Network and Caps News Network. Dave’s first sports hero was Bobby Dandridge. Follow Dave’s Redskins coverage on Twitter @RedskinsDSP.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP


  1. Sounds like collusion to me as well and can’t believe what the league is trying to do here when they sign off on all deals! Look at the teams that created big cap room by not spending any money and in a capped year they must spend a minimum amount in order to comply with the cap, but they violated that by going way under what a capped year would allow.

    How can you have an uncapped year and then penalize teams that did nothing wrong after signing off the deals? But now they are acting like a cap was in place for just two teams? If they want to punish like there was a cap then punish all who violated or none at all.

    • There was no minimum spending point in the uncapped year. The minimums from the new CBA kick in next year.


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