The NFL levied a hefty fine for David Onyemata this week after the New Orleans Saints defensive tackle was flagged twice for roughing the passer in the Week 1 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Onyemata’s was fined $20,054 for each foul for a total of $40,108. The first penalty came in the third quarter when he violated a new rule that requires defenders to avoid putting their full body weight on quarterbacks. The second was in the fourth quarter when Onyemata made helmet-to-helmet contact with Tampa Bay quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Coach Sean Payton indicated that the Saints have been teaching defensive players how to avoid the new body-weight portion of the foul.
“That’s just a matter of working on your technique as you hit him, and any type of turn either way can avoid that and still effectively sack the player,” he said.
The third-year Onyemata’s base salary this year is $630,000. Divide that by 16, and that makes Onyemata’s game check $39,375. So, his fine was more than his earnings last Sunday.
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