Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys Lose $46 Million In Cap Space Combined; Bengals Gain $1.6 Million

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 20: DeMarco Murray #29 of the Dallas Cowboys is tackled by DeAngelo Hall #23 and Oshiomogho Atogwe #20 of the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedExField on November 20, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

As an incentive to reach a new deal before the current CBA expired, 2010 was an uncapped year in the NFL. Teams could operate without salary cap restrictions, but were instructed by the NFL not to abuse the system by loading contracts to pay the majority of a player's salary in 2010 . Two teams, however, did not listen -- the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys -- and now are being severely punished.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Washington Redskins will lose $36 million in cap space for the 2012 offseason, and the Dallas Cowboys will lose $10 million in cap space.

Schefter also reports:

All that money goes to 28 other teams -- $1.6 million each -- except for Saints and Raiders, who don't get any but don't lose any. 54 minutes ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry · Reply · Retweet · Favorite · powered by @socialditto

What does that mean for the Cincinnati Bengals? They now have EVEN MORE cap room; $51.5 million to be exact.

Only time will tell how Mike Brown and the Bengals plan to use that $51.5 million, but Cincinnati faithful will be enthralled each step of the way. Free agency begins at 4pm tomorrow.

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