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.
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.
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.