The NFL was able to “strong-arm” the NFL Players Association into to agreeing to salary cap penalties on the Redskins and Cowboys, according to a report by Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports.
As the league calculated the 2012 salary cap, a strict interpretation of the complex revenue sharing rules would have made the salary cap somewhere between $113 million and $117 million. That would have been a precipitous drop from the $120 million it was last year. The league agreed to raise the cap to $120.6 million if the NFLPA would agree to a $46 million reduction in the caps for Dallas ($10 million) and Washington ($36 million). The penalties are for supposed overspending in the uncapped year of 2010.
The money reduced from the salary caps of those two teams would be spread among other NFL teams, a total of $1.6 million per team.
I’m not a math major but if the cap was to be a maximum of $117 million before the “adjustment”, how did the $1.6 million get it all the way up $120.6 million? It should have been a maximum of $118.6 million, right? Or, if you use the lower figure, it should be $113 million plus the $1.6 million from the reductions for a total of $114.6 million.
That means that the salary cap was anywhere from $2 million to $6 million higher per team than they should have been after the cap penalties
So, to get this done, the owners (or whoever made this decision; that is murky at the present time) agreed to establish salary caps for the 32 teams that were an aggregate $64 million to $192 million over what the CBA said that they needed to.
That is very costly punishment and it hardly seems to be a smart business decision.