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.
JP Finlay and Rich Tandler are back for Episode 52 of the #RedskinsTalk Podcast.
With franchise tag day fast approaching, JP and Rich continue to discuss the Kirk Cousins contract situation. Cousins is a positive guy with a great attitude.
But does his happy-go-lucky demeanor actually hurt him at the bargaining table?
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Like a point guard and a shooter or a pitcher and a catcher, a quarterback and a wide receiver rely on each other. Free-agent-to-be DeSean Jackson understands that, and it's clear that the skill level of the signal caller will factor in to his decision when it's time to sign his next contract this March.
"I would love to play with a great quarterback," he told Adam Schefter in a podcast interview with the reporter. "I think Kirk Cousins is a great quarterback, he's done some great things these past couple of years as far as statistics. If it is another team out there that I'd have to go to or however it goes, we definitely know the business of the NFL. I would love to play with a great quarterback."
As is the case with any other passer and pass catcher, Cousins and Jackson miss on throws, or Cousins will look elsewhere on a certain play and Jackson will throw his hands up, exasperated that he wasn't the QB's target on that down. In the past three seasons, though, and especially the last two, the pair has connected on plenty of deep balls to add an electric element to what used to be a slogging Redskins offense.
But Cousins isn't the only NFC East quarterback the 30-year-old receiver respects.
"Carson Wentz, he came in and had a heck of a year," Jackson said of the Eagles promising young prospect. "He killed it. He showed he can do it, and he has all the intangibles of being a big-time quarterback in this league."
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That statement, of course, acted as a perfect transition to Schefter wondering how the ex-Eagle felt about possibly returning to Philadelphia.
"It definitely is a great story and ending, I guess you could say," Jackson said about the idea. "You just kind of think about all that, you started somewhere and maybe you want to finish it. There's a lot of speculation of a lot of thoughts. It all sounds good, but you never really know until the final decision is made."
Going off of those quotes, two conclusions can be made. The first: If the Burgundy and Gold don't re-sign or franchise tag Cousins, Jackson's interest in staying in D.C. would likely take a huge hit. With respect to the other options on the roster, Cousins is the only reputable quarterback on the Redskins, which Jackson said matters to him.
The second, meanwhile, would've been hard to fathom a few years ago: A reunion with the Eagles isn't a stretch at all. Wentz is an up-and-comer under center, and Jackson respects head coach Doug Pederson.
Later in the interview, Jackson said he can thrive for another four or five years in the league. Whether he can accomplish that isn't the only question; what uniform he'll be wearing as he looks to play into his mid-30s is still up in the air as well.
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