With the news that arbitrator Stephen Burbank has dismissed the Redskins and Cowboys appeal of their salary cap penalties, Dan Snyder and Jerry Jones lost the best option to get the matter settled. The arbitration system works relatively quickly, it is within the framework of the NFL and the process is done behind closed doors with a minimum of potentially embarrassing information being make public. The penalty for violating a rule that was not written down anywhere--in fact, the written rule expressly permitted with Washington and Dallas did--could have been solved with a minimum of fanfare.An appeal of Burbanks dismissal may be possible. There is an appeals panel but it is not clear if a dismissal can be appealed or of there can only be an appeal if an actual decision is reached. If possible, the Redskins and Cowboys will explore going down that road but it seems likely that it will be a dead end.If that is the case, Jones and Snyder likely will have only one option left. They would have to go nuclear and file a lawsuit.Going to federal court, which presumably is where this interstate matter would have to be adjudicated, is everything that the internal arbitration isnt. Most of the process is there for the public to see, potentially embarrassing headlines will be generated on a daily basis, and the process cold drag on for months if not years. And the process is extremely expensive as thousands of billable hours are gobbled up navigating the court system.From the Redskins and Cowboys point of view, however, going to court could be the best option. The league has not fared well in front of men and women wearing robes in recent years. In 2010, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled against the NFL in the American Needle case in a 9-0 vote (when was the last time you saw that court agree like that on anything?). That the leagues effort to gain a broad antitrust exemption. Last year, the NFL lost two cases related to the labor dispute and subsequent lockout. First it was ruled that the owners had acted illegally in negotiating TV contracts that would still pay them rights fees in the event of a lockout. And then the lockout itself was declared to be illegal. Only a temporary injunction allowed the lockout to go on.The record shows that the highly-paid legal beagles retained by the league are not always the smartest guys in the room. The fact that they opined that the cap penalties would stand up in court doesnt mean that it will.But even if Jones and Snyder prevail in court if may be a pyrrhic victory. They could permanently damage relationships with other owners. In the business sense the Redskins and Cowboys organizations are more partners with those 30 other teams than they are competitors. They need each others support and votes to get things done. A long, public court battle may do them more harm in the long run than the good that would be gained from recouping the cap space.When asked after Burbanks ruling, the Redskins had no comment about their plans to pursue the case in court. We should find out what the next steps will be soon enough.
Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins will likely not play again this year, a source with knowledge of the situation tells our JP Finlay.
The team placed Hopkins on the injured reserve list, which means he's out at least eight weeks. To replace him, the Redskins signed Nick Rose, per NFL Network.
In his third season with Washington, Hopkins had made nearly 82 percent of his field goals this year. He made 12 of 13 extra points, but missed a very important extra point in Sunday's win over the 49ers.
Hopkins had a very strong leg, capable of touchbacks on kickoffs nearly every time the situation called for it.
Rose is yet to play in the NFL but spent time with the 49ers. He kicked collegiately at the University of Texas.
As a senior in Austin last year, Rose made 13 of 17 field goals and 38 of 39 extra points.
It's only Week 7, but Kirk Cousins is putting up numbers that's proving to the Redskins and other teams around the league that he's worth a big contract.
In five games, Cousins has 1,334 yards and nine touchdowns with a QB rating of 106.4.
And he's proving that he's comfortable making plays on his own. During the second half of Sunday's game against the 49ers, Cousins scored a read option touchdown pushing his team ahead 26-17.
Someone who's impressed with what he's seen thus far and even threw out the word 'monstrous' when referring to the contract Cousins will eventually get, is former Redskins QB and NFL analyst, Sage Rosenfels.
Oh, and he also had a really long list of nice things to say about Cousins.
"Well he is an efficient quarterback and that's what he is," Rosenfels told the Sports Junkies Tuesday.
"He's a guy that you can count on to do what he's expected to do. He's gonna go to the right reads. He's gonna be an accurate thrower. He generally takes care of the football. He's an executer. He's a guy I describe as an executer. He's not a play maker, per say, though he has slowly added that to his repertoire."
"He is an executer though and I don't know if there's many better in the league who when you drop back and go through the progressions and have to read defenses, he's up there probably in the top five in the league at that. He's extremely accurate and he knows what he is doing."
Having your quarterback described as an executer over and over again isn't the worst thing in the world to hear.
When it comes to the business side of things, Rosenfels may also want to use the word 'smart' to describe Cousins.
"Good for him for signing those one-year deals. He bet on himself and now you know next year, whether it's Washington or somewhere else, he's going to get an absolute monstrous contract."
Contract negotiations are probably the last thing Redskins fans want to hear right now, but one thing to bask in is a successful QB.