The Redskins might fight their salary cap penalty within the system instead of taking it to court.
The Washington Post is reporting that “there have been discussions about using an arbitration provision of the league’s collective bargaining to challenge the penalty imposed by the NFL.”
It is unclear whether or not the Cowboys, who received a lesser cap penalty, would join the Redskins in the arbitration process.
Here is the gist of the arbitration system:
The sport’s labor agreement says that any club may bring a proceeding before the sport’s “system arbitrator” alleging a violation of those articles of the labor deal that governs the salary cap. Such a proceeding also could be initiated by the league, a player or the NFL Players Association.
If this dispute can go through this arbitration system, it would seem to be the preferable route. Any disputes would take place behind closed doors rather than in an open courtroom. The process would be quicker and, after one level of appeal, a decision would be final.