Originally Posted by HBMC
No "rules" were broken, it's just several of the penny-pinching owners can't stand it that they aren't saavy enough to dump crap salaries and bonuses.
The problem with the arguement is while the Skins and Cowboys have the cash to spend on players they were punished for doing so guys like Julius Peppers seem to go unnoticed. The Bears signed Peppers in 2010 and in that uncapped season he made 30 million dollars. The last two seasons combined he's earned less then 5 million. They clearly took advantage of the uncapped season and were not punished. How is that fair?
And what about the cheap ass owners in the league? They refuse to spend any money. In the uncapped year there was not a salary floor that forced teams to spend money. So teams like the Bengals didn't, If the Redskins and Cowboys spent money and teams like the Bengals didn't (as much as 100 million dollar difference in payroll that season between these two teams) how did that hurt the league? It didn't, in fact the spending of money that the Cowboys and Redskins did in 2010 offset the teams who refused to spend and kept the cap number high this year. Had the Redskins and Cowboys not spent and stayed near the middle of the pack the salary cap this year would have been 110 million, not the 116 million the league threatened it would be. For all the bad that they did here the Cowboys and Redskins helped the league.
Maybe there in lies the crux of the issue. The Cowboys and Redskins action kept the salary cap number high so the league smacked them for it. Seems the majority of owners don't really care if they put out a competitive team or not, they just wanna get paid??????