The Washington Redskins just surrendered four very high draft picks to the St. Louis Rams in order to, in everyone’s estimation, Baylor’s QB Robert Griffin III. Touted as having tens of millions of dollars in salary cap space heading into free agency which begins in less than 24 hours, the NFL just smacked the Washington Redskins, and smacked them hard.
Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting this afternoon that the Washington Redskins are going to be levied $36 million dollars against this year’s salary cap for activity they participated in during the 2010 regular season. 2010 was an uncapped salary year, but it seems as if the NFL has caught up with the Washington Redskins, along with the Dallas Cowboys in determining that both teams violated the rules last season, by front loading contracts into the uncapped season.
Schefter reports that the Dallas Cowboys will have $10 million removed from their salary cap space this season but the Washington Redskins will face a staggering hit of $36 million dollars. The Redskins can spread this salary cap hit out over the next two seasons, but this fine from the NFL puts the Redskins in a very precarious position.
After surrendering their first and second-round pick this season along with their next two first-round picks in 2013 and 2014 in order to get the rights to acquire Robert Griffin III, the team could now find itself seriously hamstrung with financial issues moving forward. Several reports surfaced this weekend that the Washington Redskins were in the hunt for free agent wide receiver, Vincent Jackson. It appears that the checkbook might have dried up quickly for the Washington Redskins and their grandiose plans this offseason.
The Dallas Cowboys appear to be taking close to a $10 million dollar salary cap hit as well.
This year’s NFL offseason has just gotten under way, but it has promise to be one of the most interesting in recent history. With this recent handcuff placed on the Washington Redskins, head coach Mike Shanahan is going to find his free agency wish list severely curtailed while his employment after the 2012 is now in more serious jeopardy.