Giants' Mara New Public Enemy Number One in Washington and Dallas

James WilliamsAnalyst IIIMarch 27, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 07: (L-R) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie talks with New York Giants team owners John Mara and Laurence Tisch at a rally to celebrate the New York Giants' Super Bowl victory at MetLife Stadium on February 7, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants' Co-Owner John Mara, who also serves as the chairman of the National Football League’s Management Council Executive Committee, became “public enemy number one” in both Dallas and Washington Sunday by uttering the following statement at the league meeting’s in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

“The Cowboys and Redskins were lucky not to have draft picks stripped for spending in the uncapped year of 2010.”

I must agree with my colleagues Rick Snyder of the Washington Examiner and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that the Giants owner did not win any friends in either Dallas or Washington with his words aimed at his NFC East foes. 

To have the head man of the Giants shaking his finger and scolding his two division rivals will make for a very entertaining trip each time New York heads to either Washington or Dallas.

Both fanbases are already gunning for the defending Super Bowl Champions—the Cowboys will look to keep the Giants out of the NFL Playoffs and the Redskins hope to run their winning streak to three in a row against the Giants.

As for the owners, the Cowboys' Jerry Jones and the Redskins' Dan Snyder both might find a wonderfully creative place for the Giants ownership to sit when they visit their stadiums later this season.  

Meanwhile, on the appeal front, Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones and the Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen both argued their case before the other 30 owners on Sunday.

Jones and Allen argued that both the Cowboys and the Redskins received no written documentation from the NFL concerning adjustments to the team salary cap and that they both were in compliance with all league salary cap rules during the uncapped year.


They further contended that every contract entered into by the clubs during the applicable periods complied with the 2010 and 2011 collective bargaining agreements and, in fact, were approved by the NFL commissioner’s office.


The remainder of the 30 teams discussed their defense, which focused on the NFL's contension that they warned teams not to dump salaries or to front-load contracts during the uncapped year to take advantage of the lack of a salary cap while a new Collective Bargaining Agreement was being worked out with the National football League Players Association (something that was never put in writing).

So, some day in the not-too-distant future, it looks like the NFL will face the Cowboys and the Redskins in an arbitration hearing before federal arbitrator Stephen Burbank, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys and Redskins fans won’t forget the words of the Giants Co-Owner John Mara.