The NFL revealed at least part of its case for having the authority to impose salary cap penalties on the Redskins and Cowboys during yesterdays hearing with Special Master Stephen Burbank. According to Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen, the hearing lasted about two and a half hours.The primary topic of the hearing was the leagues motion to dismiss the two teams grievance. Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, Pro Football Talk reported that the NFL claimed that since the NFLPA agreed to the penalties the grievance should be thrown out. Mike Florio also said that The NFL also argued that the Commissioner possesses the full and complete ability to adopt any measures aimed at ensuring competitive balance.As Florio points out, the last statement is very powerful. We have seen that Roger Goodell can do as he pleases regarding player conduct. What they are saying here is that he can overrule the very plain language of Article 13, Section 1 of the CBA which states in part that The salary cap is the same amount for each club.It also means that he can judge the competitive balance was affected by teams that spend too much (whatever that means in a season that was, by contract, uncapped) and that it wasnt affected by the teams that spend well under what would have been the salary floor.Burbank did not issue a ruling yesterday. If he rules that the NFL did have the authority to hit the teams with the cap penalties, the case will be over, although an appeal by the Redskins and Cowboys is possible. If the ruling goes in favor of the teams, the hearing will proceed at a date that is yet to be determined.As noted here yesterday, dont hold your breath waiting for a decision and if one comes soon, its likely to be bad news for the Redskins.
Josh Norman is a man of many talents — at least on the football field, and in the friendliest possible way, he was reminded of that this weekend during a charity basketball game.
Opposite of the defensive nightmare Norman can be for receivers, the New York Knicks' Kyle O’Quinn had a little fun with the Redskins cornerback and the 10-inch height difference they share during the during Bam Bam’s Spring Jam at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia.
O'Quinn got the ball and went up for a particularly easy dunk as Norman jumped and tried to swat the ball away but his effort was futile.
While this was all in good fun, Norman should probably stick to football.
Former Virginia Tech defenseive back and current Seattle Seahawk Kam Chancellor's foundation is behind the charity game, which also included Redskins' Lynden Trail, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Bennett and Antoine Bethea.
On Memorial Day, people all over the United States stop to reflect on the freedoms provided for by the military. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is no different.
"So grateful for living in this country and understanding that that came at a price and I just want to say thank you," Cousins said.
Speaking after an OTA session last week with military members in attendance, Cousins explained that he appreciates the added sense of history and obligation that comes from living in and around D.C.
"It’s a good reminder why it’s such a benefit to play here in Washington. It just feels like it’s that much more real with Andrews Air Force Base here and so many soldiers here. There’s something special about playing for the city of Washington, D.C. and driving 30 minutes into the city and going by the White House and the Pentagon and the monuments."
The Redskins hosted military members from multiple branches at their OTAs, and afterward, Cousins and a number of other players signed autographs.
"You say ‘Man, I want to give these soldiers, these fans something to cheer about and make them excited and bring this city together.' Hopefully winning football games can do that. What a great thing. That’s the vision we’re chasing," the Redskins passer said. "Hopefully we can get it done this season."
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