Tag:Mason Foster
Posted on: August 24, 2011 6:03 pm

Mason fined $20K for Ocho hit, Ocho to reimburse?

Posted by Will Brinson

When we last left entertaining and enigmatic Pats wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, he was offering to pay for the likely fine coming Mason Foster's way after Foster kindly put his helmet to Chad's helmet in the field of play and knocked the snot out of ole' 85.

Well, Foster was indeed fined on Wednesday, to the tune of $20,000. That's a chunk of change to anyone, of course, but especially to a rookie. Foster's agent, Steve Caric, said the linebacker planned to appeal the fine. Foster seemed OK with it.

"Just got to pay it and keep on going from there," Foster said, per Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times. "Learn from it."

However, Ochocinco's not dropping the issue quite as easily. Despite the league forbidding him to repay Foster's fine, Ochocinco told Roger Goodell (via Twitter, natch) on Wednesday that he was reimbursing Mason anyway.

"@nflcommish Dad no disrespect but I don't agree with @mason_foster fine n I'll be reimbursing him personally. Please feel free to contact me," Ochocinco tweeted.

It'll be interesting to see whether the league attempts to fine Chad for openly flaunting the rules, or whether Chad makes a big deal out of paying Foster back or whether he just sends Foster 20,000 Xbox points online in order circumvent the law.

Of course, there's always a chance that @nflcommish (aka Roger Goodell) gets a lot of "@ replies" on Twitter and he won't see what Ochocinco said. Except that it was immediately retweeted by James Harrison.

And you know Goodell's watching his feed.

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Posted on: August 20, 2011 7:59 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2011 8:01 pm

Ochocinco offers to reimburse Foster for fine

M. Foster could be facing a fine (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When Buccaneers LB Mason Foster smacked Patriots WR Chad Ochocinco in a helmet to helmet hit Thursday, he caused an incompletion and received a pat on the back from his teammates -- and from Ochocinco himself. But he also might have earned himself a fine for an illegal hit (he was penalized for unnecessary roughness at the time).

No problem, Ochocinco said.

He took to Twitter on Friday and wrote to Foster, “great hit last night,if u're fined I'll reimburse u boss.That's the way the game should b played.Stay healthy n have a good yr.” Responded Foster: “thanks Bruh I appreciate it, goodluck to you too.”

But under the NFL rules, Ochocinco isn’t allowed to pay for Foster’s fine. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told PFT that nobody can pay a player’s fine but that player himself and that nobody can reimburse that player.

So, if the league fines Foster, who was drafted by Tampa Bay in the third round and signed a four-year, $2.7 million deal with $1.4 million guaranteed, it’s going to come directly out of his own paycheck.

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Posted on: May 3, 2011 11:02 pm

NFC South draft truths revealed

Posted by Andy Benoit

One of the best things about the draft is that from it we can find out what teams really think about their current players. Excluding examples of teams filling obvious needs, here are some of the more revealing draft picks from 2011, with a quick blurb of what the team was really saying by making this pick.

Atlanta FalconsJ. Jones (US Presswire)

1st round, Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
We’re one playmaker away from being Super Bowl-bound. (And if you couldn’t figure for yourself that this was our reason, you might as well stop following pro football right now.)
5th round, Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State
We wish Jerious Norwood could stay healthy, but we’ve been disappointed too many times.
Carolina Panthers

3rd round, Terrell McClain, DT, South Florida
Derek Landri and Nick Hayden played hard for us last year, and both were decent against the run, but we’re looking for a little more dynamite inside.
3rd round, Sione Fua, DT, Stanford
Again, more dynamite.
New Orleans Saints

1st round, Cameron Jordan, DE, California
Yeah, we didn’t hardly notice Alex Brown last year either.
1st round, Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
He may have been productive as a rookie, but we’re not buying into Chris Ivory (there’s a reason the guy was undrafted). Also, no way in hell we’re going to pay Reggie Bush a single dime more than he’s worth to us. If Bush is looking to roll major bank, he’d better call his realtor.
3rd round, Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville
We aren’t disappointed with Randall Gay per se, but we’re not exactly thrilled with him.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1st round, Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
2nd round, Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
We’ve told you before: we rebuild our roster in bunches. Two years ago we stunk at defensive tackle and wide receiver. This past year, we stunk at defensive end. Problems solved (we hope).
3rd round, Mason Foster, OLB, Washington
We’ll move him to the middle and not re-sign Barrett Ruud. Why? Because the biggest secret in football is Ruud is iffy if not terrible. Why do you think we’re always finishing near the bottom of the league in run defense?

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