This past week, Seat Smart published a report on the number of fines and suspensions in the NFL since 2002. Per the report, players have lost about $91 million since 2002 to fines and suspensions. When it got to the part about suspensions, it said the Cleveland Browns were tied for fourth in the NFL with 10 suspensions over the past 13 years. Can you think of the 10 suspensions that have been associated with the Browns?
Let's go through a rundown, in alphabetical order by last name:
- LB Eric Alexander - 4 games, $150,588 fine - Playing as a special teamer in 2010, the Browns released him at the start of training camp in 2011. A month later, it was announced by the league that he was suspended for four games (reason undisclosed). Even though he was released from the Browns already, Cleveland gets credit for the study because the cause of the suspension probably occurred while he was on the offseason roster.
- LB Eric Barton - 4 games, $0 fine - A two-year veteran with the Browns from 2009-2010, Barton was released in February 2011 and was suspended for four games the same time that Alexander was (see above). Barton had retired already (at least verbally) from the NFL, so that might be the reason why there wasn't a fine associated with the suspension.
- WR Josh Gordon - 13 games, $1,048,123 fine - Note that this does not include his one-year ban for the upcoming season. Gordon was suspended for the first 2 games in 2013, the first 10 games in 2014, and the final game of 2014. Gordon is easily the most troublesome offender on this list, counting toward 3 of the team's 10 suspensions since 2002 (and now 4 of 11, looking forward to next year).
- CB Joe Haden - 4 games, $1,356,589 fine - In his third season with the Browns in 2012, it was unveiled that Haden was being suspended 4 games for taking Adderall. He played in Week 1 before serving his suspension from Weeks 2-5. The Browns began the season at 0-5, but went 5-3 over their next 8 games upon Haden's return to action. This is the only blemish on Haden's otherwise spectacular career.
- WR Marlon Moore - 1 game, $42,941 fine - After being released by the Miami Dolphins, it was announced that Moore was suspended for one game (undisclosed reason). The Browns signed him at the start of last year's training camp knowing about his upcoming suspension. He didn't occupy a roster spot in Week 1 but was with the club the rest of the year as a kick returner and gunner.
- WR Donte Stallworth - 16 games, $745,000 fine - This is by far the most vicious offense, reading, "crashed into and killed a pedestrian while driving under the influence." Yikes. The suspension happened for the entire 2009 season, and when he was re-instated in 2010, the Browns released him. Stallworth still found work with the Ravens, Redskins, and Patriots to close out his career.
- OL Ryan Tucker - 4 games, $541,176 fine - The long-time veteran was with the Browns from 2002-2009. In 2007, Tucker tested positive for substance abuse and was suspended for the first four games of the regular season. Tucker was on IR for all of 2009. He retired in March 2010, and the day after he retired, it was announced that he was suspended for 8 games for substance abuse. That one doesn't count toward the Browns, it seems.
- TE Kellen Winslow - 1 game, $235,294 - During the 2008 season, his final year with the team, Winslow criticized the Browns for trying to cover up his staph infection, was suspended by GM Phil Savage for conduct detrimental to the team. It ended up being a black eye on Savage's reign with the Browns, as Winslow's suspension and fine was rescinded by the team.
The numbers are a tad off -- Seat Smart reported $3.578 million lost via suspension for Browns players, while Spotrac (which was the source of their data) showed $4.120 million lost. The difference was $541,176, which was the cost of Tucker's suspension. I'll assume that he was left off of Seat Smart's report by accident. The data is not an exact science, but it should give you a good guess as to where the Browns stand in suspensions since 2002.