Earlier today, we discussed the number of suspensions associated with the Cleveland Browns since 2002, based on a report published by Seat Smart. The other component of Seat Smart's report were fines via actions that took place during a game, or a fine that happened without a suspension. In that area, the Browns were one of the least penalized teams in the NFL since 2002, ranking 24th with 24 fines. However, the dollar amount of the fines ($600,216) was actually in the upper half of the NFL.
Here is a list of the individual fines, with the data being pulled from Spotrac.com:
|Barkevious Mingo||OLB||CLE||$ 16,537||Roughing the Passer||2014||Week 15|
|John Greco||G||CLE||$ 8,268||Late Hit||2014||Week 13|
|Craig Robertson||ILB||CLE||$ 8,268||Late Hit||2014||Week 5|
|Christian Kirksey||ILB||CLE||$ 8,268||Roughing the Passer||2014||Week 5|
|Johnny Manziel||QB||CLE||$ 12,000||Unsportsmanlike Conduct||2014||Preseason|
|Jordan Poyer||CB||CLE||$ 7,875||Face Mask||2013||Week 17|
|Joe Haden||CB||CLE||$ 7,875||Late Hit||2013||Week 8|
|Eric Martin||OLB||CLE||$ 7,875||Late Hit||2013||Week 7|
|Phil Taylor||DE||CLE||$ 7,875||Hit on Defenseless Player||2012||Week 17|
|T.J. Ward||S||CLE||$ 25,000||Helmet-to-Helmet Hit||2012||Week 11|
|D'Qwell Jackson||ILB||CLE||$ 7,875||Late Hit||2012||Week 7|
|Shawn Lauvao||G||CLE||$ 7,500||Unsportsmanlike Conduct||2011||Week 10|
|Mohamed Massaquoi||WR||CLE||$ 7,500||Celebration||2011||Week 3|
|Phil Taylor||DE||CLE||$ 7,500||Roughing the Passer||2011||Week 3|
|T.J. Ward||S||CLE||$ 15,000||Helmet-to-Helmet Hit||2010||Week 4|
|Alex Mack||C||CLE||$ 5,000||Hit on Defenseless Player||2010||Week 2|
|Shaun Rogers||DT||CLE||$ 400,000||Off-court/Off-field Violation||2010||Preseason|
|Brady Quinn||QB||CLE||$ 7,500||Low Block||2009||Week 10|
|Kamerion Wimbley||OLB||CLE||$ 7,500||Roughing the Passer||2009||Week 8|
|Donte Stallworth||WR||CLE||$ 5,000||Spearing||2008||Week 14|
|Brodney Pool||S||CLE||$ 5,000||Helmet-to-Helmet Hit||2007||Week 3|
|Chris Gardocki||PR||CLE||$ 5,000||Taunting||2002||Week 1|
|Dwayne Rudd||LB||CLE||$ 5,000||Taunting||2002||Week 1|
|Phil Dawson||K||CLE||$ 5,000||Taunting||2002||Week 1|
A couple of notes from the list of fines:
- K Phil Dawson, P Chris Gardocki, and LB Dwayne Rudd were all fined for the "helmet toss" game to open the 2002 season. After Dawson connected on the go-ahead field goal with 29 seconds to play, he and Gardocki were fined for taunting. Rudd's helmet toss cost him $5,000 and made him a household name for the wrong reason.
- No fines were listed for the Browns from 2003 to 2006, strangely.
- The reason the Browns' overall dollar amount was so high can be attributed to NT Shaun Rogers: He violated the team's personal-conduct policy for carrying a semiautomatic handgun in a carry-on bag into Cleveland's Hopkins International Airport. The $400,000 fine was two-thirds of Cleveland's cumulative amount.
- SS T.J. Ward was the biggest offender of helmet-to-helmet hits, once for a shot on WR Jordan Shipley of the Bengals ($15,000) and the other time for a hit on WR Kevin Ogletree of the Cowboys ($25,000).
- QB Johnny Manziel's fine of $12,000 stands out for when he flipped the bird to the Redskins bench this preseason. The league seemed to be more stingy on fining teams, or at least the Browns, for penalties during the 2014 season.
- The report does not include the $35,000 fine that DT Gerard Warren had in 2001 when he had a helmet-to-helmet hit on Jaguars QB Mark Brunell on the first play of the game, and also stepped on a player. Carmen Policy was also fined $10,000 for tampering at the end of 1998, leading up to the Browns' first return season.
- What is funny is that looking up and down this list, I can mentally recall a lot of these infractions. How about you?