Jason Babin’s first game with the Jaguars earned him a substantial fine.
Babin, the defensive end who was waived by the Eagles and claimed by the Jaguars, picked up a roughing the passer penalty in his first game with the Jaguars for a hit on Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The NFL has now confirmed that it fined Babin $21,000 for unnecessarily striking Fitzpatrick in the head area.
The penalty was costly for the Jaguars, as it moved the Bills from third-and-10 at the 17-yard line to first-and-goal at the 8-yard line. Buffalo scored a touchdown two plays later.
Babin has long been a critic of the way the NFL hands out fines. Last year, after he was fined for a hit on 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, he posted on Twitter: “Attn:Guy at the NFL that decides on who and how much players get fined. Stop being a puppet, if you want to protect QB’s, get better linemen.”
If Babin isn’t careful, he may stop complaining about NFL fines, and start complaining about NFL suspensions.