A federal judge in Minnesota on Monday dismissed the NFL Players Association’s collusion complaint against the league that accused teams of operating with a secret salary cap in 2010.
U.S. District Court Judge David S. Doty ruled that the players’ union had agreed in 2011 not to bring such a collusion complaint against the league.
Doty wrote in his ruling that “the NFLPA released the claims it attempts to assert in the underlying action.”
The union filed the complaint in May, charging the league and teams with conspiring improperly to restrict players’ salaries during the 2010 season, during which there was no salary cap. The union alleged that the league operated with a secret salary cap of $123 million per team during the uncapped year.
The union estimated at the time that the secret cap cost players $1 billion or more, which could have resulted in total damages — after being multiplied under provisions in the collective bargaining agreement — of more than $3 billion.