(NEW YORK) — As free agency in the NFL is set to begin, the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys were dealt a big blow to their potential plans during the offseason. According to ESPN, the NFL has is taking away $36 million in cap space from the Redskins over the next two seasons while the Dallas Cowboys will lose $10 million in cap space over the next two seasons.
Sources have told ESPN that Dallas and Washington took immediate cap hits during the 2010 season that would have normally been spread out over the length of the contracts. The NFL found that this gave those teams and advantage and was unfair to the other teams. The NFL had an uncapped season, and the Redskins and Cowboys front-loaded some of their contracts to avoid future salary cap hits according to the NFL.
Because of the NFL taking away salary cap space from the two teams, the league will allocate that money to the rest of the NFL. With the exception of the Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints, every NFL team will receive an additional $1.6 million in cap space over the next two seasons.
The NFL is requiring that both teams to take half their cap reductions in 2012.
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Jill Martin, CNN