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NFL Salary Cap Penalty: Redskins Contracts Affected Franchise Tags, According To Report

The Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys will have a hearing on May 10 regarding the cap penalties the teams incurred prior to the start of NFL Free Agency. The two teams violated the "spirit" of no salary cap during the 2011 NFL season, according to the NFL. There were a couple of teams who were adversely effected by the contracts the two teams handed out.

The San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens were active in supporting the league's punishment of the Redskins and the Cowboys according to Albert Breer of NFL Network.

The Albert Haynesworth contract handed down by the Redskins was a big part of the reason the franchise tag for defensive tackles climbing from $7 million to $12.5 million. The Ravens then tagged defensive tackle Haloti Ngata for the $12.5 million. The Ravens wound up signing Ngata to a long term deal, but they were forced to carry that $12.5 million cap hit from July until September, which apparently limited their ability to sign other free agents.

That's just one example of the case being used against both the Redskins and the Cowboys.

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