Redskins to continue fighting salary cap penalty

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RICHMOND | The Redskins continue to consider ways to fight the penalty that reduces their 2013 salary cap by $18 million, general manager Bruce Allen said Thursday.

Allen, however, would not specify what actions the team is considering.

“We’re going to address more of that later,” he said. “I’m not trying to hide behind anything. But we’re still having some conversations, and we’ll see where that goes.

“I think the penalty was wrong, and it was unfair. We will deal with that.”

The NFL penalized the Redskins $36 million in salary cap space last March 12, the day before the 2012 league year began. Half of the penalty applied to Washington’s 2012 salary cap, and the other half applies to 2013.

The Redskins last May lost in arbitration a grievance disputing the penalty. The NFLPA filed a collusion lawsuit against the NFL the following day, but that was dismissed by a federal judge in December.

As it stands, the Redskins’ 2013 salary cap is expected to be about $103 million, which is $18 million less than $121 million cap expected to be implemented for other teams.

Washington has approximately $111 million committed to player salaries for 2013, according to a source who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the Redskins’ salary cap situation.

So even if the Redskins are allowed to carry over to 2013 more than $4 million of unused cap space from 2012, as several media outlets recently reported, they still must shed approximately $4 million to get under the salary cap by the start of the new league year at 4 p.m. on March 12.

“We have to address, like every team, being under the salary cap by then, and we will,” Allen said.

It seems doubtful the Redskins could recoup their penalized cap space by then. Only 26 days remain before the new league year begins and the free agency market opens on March 12.

“That’s a big day,” Allen said. “That’s a real big day.”

The Redskins aren’t giving up.

“There’s plenty of things we can do, but now is not the time,” Allen said. “And I know you guys are a little frustrated that we’ve been saying that for almost a year now. But the time is coming up.”

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