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PRO FOOTBALL: Goodell says no relief on cap hit

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that the Washington Redskins will never recoup the $18 million in salary cap penalties levied against them.

“I did meet with the Redskins, [and] 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,” Goodell told reporters in Phoenix at the league’s annual meeting. “As I said earlier, there will be no change.”

Redskins general manager Bruce Allen and head coach Mike Shanahan said last week they held out hope the league would relent until just before the start of the league year on March 12. It did not, and Washington was hit with a sanction for the second and final year, restricting its ability to be active in the free agent market.

Allen called the penalty “a travesty of fairness,” and when asked, Goodell said he did not have a reaction to the Redskins’ objections.

“I have told the Redskins directly that there will be no change to that or a modification to the cap,” the commissioner said.

POLUMBUS RETURNING

Tyler Polumbus agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Redskins on Monday afternoon, turning down a similar offer from Jacksonville following a visit. Financial terms were not immediately available.

Polumbus, 27, started 15 games for the Redskins last season. With his signing, the Redskins ensure their starting offensive line will return in 2013; left guard Kory Lichtensteiger avoided free agency by signing a five-year contract on March 10.

Polumbus met with Jacksonville over the weekend and left with a two-year contract offer, according to the Florida Times–Union.

The 6-foot-8, 305-pound Polumbus filled in for the injured Jammal Brown last season. Tony Pashos and Jeremy Trueblood were signed during the last week to compete for time at right tackle, while Tom Compton, a sixth-round pick last year, is also on the active roster.

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