As reported earlier today by PewterReport.com, Buccaneers rookie linebacker Mason Foster was notified by the NFL league office he was being fined for his hit on Chad Ochocinco in last Thursday night’s preseason game against the New England Patriots.
Later in the day it was reported the amount Foster was fined was $20,000, but tonight PFT.com is reporting that, while the $20,000 figure is accurate, due to a stipulation as part of the new CBA [collective bargaining agreement], the fine will be reduced to 25 percent of Foster’s weekly base salary. Foster, who is scheduled to earn the league’s rookie minimum salary of $375,000, can appeal the amount as “excessive” [according to the new CBA] and the fine will be reduced to just $5,514.71 as a first time offender for an on-field offense.
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