Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Sports

Players win raise for salary cap

NEW YORK — The NFL's salary cap will get an additional boost of more than $1.5 million per team next season after an arbitration victory by the players union.

An additional $50 million or so will be available for teams to spend. The official cap is not set, but before the ruling it was expected to rise by at least $10 million from the $143.5 million ceiling of last season.

The arbitrator's ruling was made last week but not announced until Tuesday.

The NFL calls the adjustment a technical accounting matter. The NFL Players Association contends the league miscalculated or was hiding money due to the players.

"Our union will always look to enforce our economic rights under the collective bargaining agreement," the NFLPA said in a statement.

The issue was whether specific revenue the league called exempt from being applied toward the salary cap actually should be counted. The NFL said the decision will "increase the number of seasons over which the league's investments in stadium projects will be recouped from local stadium revenues."

Allen says Griffin gone: Redskins president Bruce Allen said quarterback Robert Griffin III, a former No. 2 overall draft pick, won't be on the roster next season. Allen, a former Bucs executive, told radio host Dan Sileo that "we've heard from some teams that are interested" in Griffin, who missed the 2015 season while injured.

Personal fouls: The competition committee is considering a rules change that could lead to more ejections for personal fouls. Committee member and Cowboys' executive vice president of player personnel Stephen Jones said he expects a resolution at next month's owners meetings in Boca Raton. In a game last season, Giants receiver Odell Beckham drew three personal foul penalties against the Panthers but was not ejected.

Jurisprudence: After he completed terms of his sentencing, the solicitation charge against former Ohio State defensive tackle Adolphus Washington was dismissed. Washington still will have to discuss it with coaches and decision makers this week at the combine.

Chargers: The team said it will focus on trying to get a stadium built downtown as part of a non-contiguous expansion of the convention center. The measure could be controversial, especially if funding would require two-thirds voter approval on November's ballot.

49ers: The team signed tight end Garrett Celek to a four-year contract extension, preventing him from becoming an unrestricted free agent next month.

Texans: All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt resumed full training weeks after having surgery on a sports hernia. He missed the Pro Bowl after his surgery but is expected back healthy well before training camp.

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