Union files collusion charge Dan Leberfeld

The following is from the NFLPA’s press release, explaining why they are accusing the NFL of collusion. The union claims that the owners privately agreed to a salary cap during the uncapped year in 2010.

“The complaint cites John Mara, owner of the New York Giants, who also serves as the Chair of the NFL Management Council Executive Committee, as publicly confirming that the NFL directed teams to restrict players’ salaries during the uncapped year,” the union stated in their press release. “When asked about imposed penalties for the Redskins and Cowboys, he replied: ‘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.’ “