The Norman Transcript


March 11, 2014

Redskins, Cowboys released from salary cap jail

WASHINGTON — When the Washington Redskins were placed in salary cap jail by the NFL, Kedric Golston had to say goodbye to his best friend on the team.

For the past two years, the Redskins and Dallas Cowboys — otherwise rivals to the bitter end in the NFC East — have been constrained by a much-disputed ruling limiting how much money they could spend on players. It’s as if they were both forced to land on that “Go to Jail” space on the Monopoly board, while their opponents continued merrily down the final big-money stretch buying up Park Place and Boardwalk.

“We lost some good football players,” Golston said. “Obviously Lorenzo Alexander wasn’t able to stay here because they didn’t have the money to pay him.”

Alexander was the Redskins’ special teams captain. After he wasn’t re-signed a year ago, Washington had one of the worst special teams seasons in recent NFL history.

The front office was able to maneuver the dollars enough to keep just about everybody else, but had no chance of adding free agents of significance. While it’s not the only reason — or even the main reason — the Redskins plummeted to 3-13, it sure didn’t help.

Now Washington and Dallas are back on the same playing field as everyone else. The Redskins were docked $18 million each of the last two years — 15 percent less to spend — while the Cowboys’ hit was a more modest $5 million for both 2012 and 2013.

Starting Tuesday, they’ll have the same $133 million cap as everyone else when the new NFL year officially begins with the opening of free agency.

“All’s well that ends well,” Golston said. “Obviously the money’s there now. We weren’t thinking about this two years ago, but you have a new regime who can go out and pick the players they want to pick.”

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