The Cowboys and Redskins lost their appeal of a salary cap penalty levied by the NFL.
Arbitrator Stephen Burbank on Tuesday issued a decision upholding the league’s move to dock the Cowboys $10 million in cap space and the Redskins $36 million for overloading contracts in the uncapped season of 2010.
The teams said there was no rule against that, but the league said it warned all the teams against violating the spirit of the rule.
The arbitrator’s ruling affirmed the request of the league to dismiss the claim.
Reporters were told of the decision in Atlanta by NFL executive vice president Jeffery Pash. The league is conducting owners meetings this week.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones had no comment.
The Cowboys and Redskins were allowed to split the hit over two years, and each team took half the penalty this year. Naturally, they were hopeful of getting the cap space returned in full for next offseason.
The Cowboys and Redskins issued this joint statement:
-- Carlos Mendez