ASHBURN, Va. – Barry Cofield's salary-cap restructuring has him talking.
The Washington Redskins defensive co-captain took a verbal shot at the NFC East rival New York Giants for "spearheading'' what Cofield thinks was an unfair punishment imposed on the Redskins for contracts awarded during the league's uncapped 2010 season.
Thanks to Cofield's contract restructuring from a scheduled $4.05 million in 2013 base salary down to a league-minimum $840,000, the Redskins were able to survive this second year of a league-imposed, $36-million salary cap penalty for the way the club structured 2010 player contracts.
Giants CEO/co-owner John Mara was chairman of the league's management council that docked the Redskins and, to a lesser degree, the Dallas Cowboys upon finding that they violated "the spirit of the salary cap'' during the uncapped season.
"I think everyone was aware. I was very aware and upset,'' said Cofield, who will play Monday night's season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles despite a broken bone in his right hand. "I felt like it was wrong and collusion and all those words that we try to get past.