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NFL Free Agency: Free Salary Cap Space For Everybody!

28 of the 32 NFL teams got a bit of a break just a little bit ago, as it was announced that those teams would be given an extra $1.6 million in salary cap space this year because of violations by the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins. That story comes from ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The only two teams that will not receive a portion of that money are the Oakland Raiders and the New Orleans Bounty Hunters.

Apparently the genesis of this comes from the fact that the Redskins and Cowboys took big, front-loaded hits during the uncapped 2010 season that ordinarily would have been spread out over the length of a contract, which the NFL found to be a violation of the rules. This is apparently part of the reason it took the league so long to announce what the cap would be for this off-season. . .they were trying to figure out how to handle this situation.

So, while $1.6 million doesn't sound like much, it adds to the cap space that the Vikings would have had without it, which is always nice. That should put your Minnesota Vikings somewhere in the neighborhood of $25 million under the salary cap, if I'm understanding things correctly.

There will probably be more on this as more comes out about it. I just saw it come across the wires and thought I'd put it out there.