PHOENIX -- The Washington Redskins haven't been themselves this offseason, spending no money in free agency. That's largely due to the cap penalties the NFL imposed on the Skins and the Cowboys as a result of their spending during an uncapped year.
A report emerged in late February that Washington had a last-ditch plan to get their space back, but that won't be happening; NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed Monday at the NFL owners meetings that there "will be no change" to the Redskins' penalty.
"I have told the Redskins directly that there will be no change to that or a modification to the cap," Goodell said.
Goodell also said he didn't "have a reaction" to any comments from members of the Redskins who were talking about the penalty.
It's funny, though. Think about how little money has been spent this offseason. That's largely due to the fact that the salary cap is flat. But it doesn't hurt that two teams who usually like to spend big money, Washington and Dallas, didn't have nearly as much cash to spend.
The two teams said after the rulings were announced that they intended to fight Goodell's decision, and after filing a grievance that was ultimately denied by an arbitrator. The next step would've been a lawsuit by the Redskins, and Goodell declined to discuss how far the Redskins might've been willing to go with that.
"They have to speak to that," Goodell said. "I did meet with the Redskins, so did our staff on two occasions over the last 30 days, to make sure we fully understood their position and to make sure they fully understood our position. As I said earlier, there will be no change."
In the end, there simply wasn't much that Washington could do. Goodell ruled and that's that.