Posted on: November 5, 2010 3:41 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 4:07 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
There were no major injuries from illegal hits last week, but that doesn’t make said hits any less illegal. Thus, James Harrison was not the only player who drew a fine after Week 8. Sorting through the various tweets that have been rolling out this Friday afternoon, here are other players who received a letter from the NFL, requesting (demanding) a charitable donation:
Jason Babin, DE, Titans $20,000 (hit on Philip Rivers; repeat offender)
Manny Lawson, LB, 49ers $12,500 (hit on Kyle Orton; repeat offender)
Ahmad Brooks, LB, 49ers $10,000 (hit on Kyle Orton; repeat offender)
Chris Clemons, DE, Seahawks $7,500 (unnecessary late hit on Jason Campbell; repeat offender)
Gary Guyton, LB, Patriots $7,500 (hit on Favre)
Myron Pryor, DL, Patriots $7,500 (hit on Favre – the chin shot)
Some of these hits were flagged, some weren’t. Obviously, the NFL didn’t feel any were as egregious as the one Ernie Sims ($50,000 fine) laid on Lavelle Hawkins in Week 7. But the point is becoming clearer and clearer: the NFL is serious about cleaning up the illegal hits.
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Posted on: June 24, 2010 12:35 pm
Tom Brady and Logan Mankins are still waiting for new contracts. Their teammate Gary Guyton is not. The Patriots have given the inside linebacker a two-year extension.
It’s surprising Guyton would jump at this deal. Yes, it’s a pay raise, but he was a starter in 2009. If he starts again this year, which is expected (at least early on), then $1 million in 2011 is a little below market value.
Maybe Guyton has a really smart agent who knows that his client, though fast and explosive on contact, struggles badly in run defense. And maybe Guyton’s agent knows the Patriots just spent a second-round pick on Florida’s Brandon Spikes, putting Guyton’s starting job in jeopardy. Thus, Guyton’s agent was happy with the Pats paying his client like the nickel linebacker he essentially is.