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Sunday, October 9, 2011
Buccaneers' fine was $250,000

By Pat Yasinskas

It’s been widely reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had been fined for improper contact with their players during the lockout. But Adam Schefter has one new detail on this story and it’s a significant one. The amount of the fine is $250,000.

It’s unclear if that payment will come out of the pocket of coach Raheem Morris or from the team. It’s a hefty amount either way, but it’s a very stiff penalty if Morris is paying it. Morris’ exact salary isn’t known, but it’s been reported widely that he’s one of the league’s lowest-paid coaches. It’s believed his salary is under $2 million.

Teams were prohibited from having any contact with players during the lockout. But Morris previously admitted he made several brief calls to his players. He said one was to congratulate tight end Kellen Winslow on the birth of a child. Morris also said he called Aqib Talib after the cornerback was charged with assault in Texas in March.