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Jets’ Marcus Dowtin fined $15,750 for hit on Matt Moore

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Jets linebacker Marcus Dowtin is an undrafted rookie who makes the league minimum salary of $390,000, which after federal income tax is taken out works out to less than $15,000 a week. Which means Dowtin was fined more than he got paid for the Jets’ game against the Dolphins.

That’s because Dowtin was fined $15,750 for roughing the passer in that game. The NFL has confirmed that Dowtin was fined because he struck Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore in the head area.

When the appeals process is completed, Dowtin likely won’t actually be fined more than his game check: Players have the opportunity to appeal their fines and argue that the fine is excessive if it represents more than 25 percent of their weekly pay, so Dowtin’s fine will probably end up being reduced by about $10,000 on appeal.

Still, contrasting Dowtin’s fine with Richard Seymour’s $15,750 fine for the same penalty is a reminder that when the NFL fines players the same amount for the same infractions, the impact on the players is not necessarily the same: For Seymour, who has already made tens of millions of dollars in his career and signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract this year, a $15,750 fine isn’t much of a deterrent against roughing the passer again. For Dowtin, who has so far made only about $200,000 in his NFL career, this is a fine that might make him think twice the next time he’s getting close to a quarterback.

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10 Responses to “Jets’ Marcus Dowtin fined $15,750 for hit on Matt Moore”
  1. canetic says: Nov 3, 2012 10:48 AM

    That’s some expensive hot sauce

  2. mikeyarch53 says: Nov 3, 2012 11:10 AM

    Maybe the penalty should be a percentage rather than a dollar amount…?

  3. mpops86 says: Nov 3, 2012 11:36 AM

    Subtract out hid agent’s cut of his salary and it’s probably another $1,000+ per week that he doesn’t see.

  4. tackleberries says: Nov 3, 2012 11:43 AM

    “only about $200,000″

    Love this term.

  5. thewizardofbs says: Nov 3, 2012 12:45 PM

    He’s a Jet. Who cares?

  6. nflgreedleague says: Nov 3, 2012 12:51 PM

    I’m sure the jets will get him a little “hot sauce” bount… I mean bonus.

  7. jhunt55 says: Nov 3, 2012 1:42 PM

    practice roster guys make twice as much in 8 months than the average American makes in a year. Quit your whining.

  8. NoHomeTeam says: Nov 3, 2012 2:23 PM

    jhunt55 says: practice roster guys make twice as much in 8 months than the average American makes in a year. Quit your whining.

    Did you bother to read through to the end of the article? The point wasn’t about how much money this guy makes; it’s about how a system that’s supposed to modify behavior through deterrence disproportionally effects the guys at the bottom of the payscale.

  9. jhunt55 says: Nov 3, 2012 3:36 PM

    i did read through it. My point has more to do with this guy making a measly 390,000 per year and he loses 15000 of it. I will take a 390,000 per year job and willingly give up 15000 a year to charity. Did you read the whole article because later in it it says that it will be decreased anyways.

    “When the appeals process is completed, Dowtin likely won’t actually be fined more than his game check: Players have the opportunity to appeal their fines and argue that the fine is excessive if it represents more than 25 percent of their weekly pay, so Dowtin’s fine will probably end up being reduced by about $10,000 on appeal.”

    But hey, heres to jumping to conclusions.

  10. FinFan68 says: Nov 3, 2012 3:37 PM

    taxes do not factor into how much anybody makes; they are based on that figure. the funny thing is that he will win his appeal ad still pay money. fines are a disproportionate disciplinary tool. get rid of the fines for most violations and suspend them for a game instead. 1 game is 1 game so the deterrent value is the same percentage of income.

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