The Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys are seeking arbitration because the NFL lowered their salary caps for the next two seasons.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys sought arbitration Sunday for the league lowering their salary caps for the next two seasons.
A provision in the new collective-bargaining agreement allows the case to be heard by arbitrator Stephen Burbank, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
Both teams were penalized for overloading contracts in the 2010 uncapped season, despite league warnings to restrict such tactics.
Washington has been given a $36 million reduction over two years, while Dallas loses $10 million during that span.
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Each team must take at least half the reduction this year.
The NFL Players Association agreed to have the 2012 salary cap set at $120.6 million rather than a lower number and for Washington and Dallas to take those reductions. Otherwise, the salary cap would have been significantly lower.
Washington and Dallas officials filed their grievances against the league and the union.
New York Giants owner John Mara, chairman of the league’s Management Council, has defended the reductions and said the Redskins and Cowboys were fortunate they didn’t lose draft picks.
Neither Washington nor Dallas has been shy about signing free agents this year. The Redskins grabbed receivers Pierre Garcon and Joshua Morgan, and safety Brandon Meriweather. They also gave a bigger contract to defensive end Adam Carriker, 27, a former Kennewick High School player.
Dallas signed cornerback Brandon Carr, quarterback Kyle Orton, safety Brodney Pool and guard Nate Livings, among others.
Owners to meet
PALM BEACH, Fla. — Instant replay will be a major topic as the owners consider several rules changes at their spring meetings this week.
The Buffalo Bills have proposed having the booth official make all decisions on replay reviews instead of referees. Under another suggestion, the booth official also would be allowed to review all turnovers.
Owners also will consider moving the trading deadline from after the sixth week of the schedule to after the eighth week.
• Cornerback William Gay, 27, previously a Pittsburgh Steeler, has agreed to a two-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals were in the market for a defensive back after the departure of Richard Marshall, who signed with the Miami Dolphins.
Gay has appeared in all 80 regular-season games since he entered the league.
• Free-agent cornerback Domonique Foxworth, 28, has been elected president of the NFLPA without opposition.
In 2007, Foxworth was elected by the Denver Broncos as a player representative. In 2008, he became the youngest vice president of the NFLPA executive committee.
Players newly elected to serve on the executive committee were ex-Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (Tennessee Titans), Matt Light (New England Patriots), Brandon Moore (New York Jets) and Ben Watson (Cleveland Browns).