NFLPA files collusion suit against the NFL citing a “secret salary cap” during the uncapped year

The NFLPA has filed a collusion complaint against the NFL and its owners claiming that the two maintained a secret $123 million salary cap during the supposedly uncapped year in 2010. News of the complaint comes just a day after the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys had their appeals of their NFL salary cap penalties dismissed.

But now that the NFLPA has jumped in a filed this complaint (embedded below), this is far from over.

The NFLPA cites New York Giants owner and Chair of the NFL Management Council Executive Committee John Mara’s public acknowledgement that the NFL directed teams to restrict players’ salaries during the uncapped year with this statement:

“What they did was in violation of the spirit of the salary cap. They attempted to take advantage of a one-year loophole … full well knowing there would be consequences.”

Mara’s statement apparently got this thing rolling and now the NFLPA are convinced that the NFL has “acted illegally and solely by self-interest, unconstrained by their clear and unambiguous SSA (White Settlement Agreement) obligations.”

“When the rules are broken in a way that hurts the game, we have an obligation to act. We cannot standby when we now know that the owners conspired to collude,” said DeMaurice Smith, NFLPA Executive Director.

“Our union recently learned that there was a secret salary cap agreement in an uncapped year. The complaint today is our effort to fulfill our duty to every NFL player. They deserve to know, above all, the facts and the truth about this conspiracy,” said Domonique Foxworth, NFLPA President.

These are some pretty hefty allegations and it will be interesting to see how the NFL will be able to fight this one off. But if there is a way to do just that, the NFL will surely find it.

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  1. I’m kind of indecisive on this one. I understand where the managers were coming from by secretly capping the salary, especially with this economy. On the other hand, if it’s in the rules that are agreed upon, then the NFL should definitely be punished. To what extent? Put it this way, I’m glad I don’t have to make those decisions.

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