How’s this for irony? The Redskins accused the NFL of collusion in their grievance challenging their $36 million salary cap penalty. But a day after that grievance was dismissed, the Redskins found themselves grouped among the defendants in a collusion lawsuit filed by the NFL Players Association against the league.
If you were unsure whether the NFLPA filed the suit to help the Redskins remedy their cap penalty, this should quash any doubt. The NFLPA is out to claim $3 billion in damages for players league-wide. Helping the Redskins restore their salary cap space is not the intent of the suit. The case of the Redskins’ salary cap penalty simply served to elicit what the union believes is evidence of collusion.
Of course, it seems counterintuitive to accuse the Redskins of colluding with the other 31 NFL franchises in 2010 when they allegedly spent $103 million more than the “secret” $123 million salary cap, as the suit claims.
“We look at what the facts are as we know it,” NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said Thursday afternoon at a press conference outside union headquarters on K Street. “The 32 teams are defendants in the action right now. If there’s evidence that is developed later on that would demonstrate that any one of those teams did not abide by the conspiracy, then my guess is those teams will make appropriate assertions and we’ll see where we end up.”
Here’s guessing there are a few people in Ashburn who would love the opportunity to make such appropriate assertions.