Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the salary cap penalty imposed by the NFL had an impact “to some degree” but that the team still accomplished what it wanted.
“Hats off to Stephen,” he said of his son, executive vice president Stephen Jones, who maneuvers the Cowboys through the salary cap each year.
“We have really been able to manage, and I can say we have not missed anything that we wouldn’t have done, relative to free agency, relative to that cap reduction that we had,” Jerry Jones said Wednesday in a press conference to talk about the NFL draft.
The Cowboys and Redskins, who were also penalized by the league, have an arbitration hearing scheduled with the NFL and league system arbitrator Stephen Burbank on May 10.
“We’re halfway through the problem now,” Jones said. “This draft, and then we go into next year, and we’ve got a full year to plan on it. I can’t say anything regarding the issues at the hearing. We certainly are hopeful that the mediator will see our side of it.”
The NFL docked the Cowboys $10 million in salary space and the Redskins $36 million, accusing the teams of creating an unfair advantage by dumping salary into the uncapped league year of 2010. The league allowed the teams to split the penalty over two years.
The Cowboys and Redskins argue that there were no rules against their actions.
-- Carlos Mendez