For the first time, someone from outside the Redskins and Cowboys organizations has spoken out on the salary cap penalty handed to the two teams. And it just so happened to be someone whose team could benefit greatly from those penalties.
New York Giants owner John Mara said, “I thought the penalties imposed were proper.”
It is not surprising that Mara would be waving the pom-poms in favor of the penalties. He is the chair of the NFL Management Council, the group that imposed the penalties. And his team clearly is helped as two of the Giants’ division rivals are being damaged by the $46 million in salary cap penalties.
"What they did was in violation of the spirit of the salary cap,” Mara said. “They attempted to take advantage of a one-year loophole, and quite frankly, I think they're lucky they didn't lose draft picks."
Of course, it is hard to violate “the spirit of the salary cap” during a year when there is no salary cap. In addition, it’s hard to figure out how the two teams could have lost draft picks since that is done for rule violations and the two teams didn’t violate any rules.
Both Pro Football Talk and SI.com are reporting that the Redskins and Cowboys have filed a grievance over the action. Arbitrator Stephen Burbank will rule on the Grievance.
Dallas owner Jerry Jones responded to Mara, saying, “That’s John’s opinion. That’s not my opinion.”
The Redskins have no comment. It appears that they will be content to let their actions speak for them.