TAMPA — The Bucs are already letting the NFL know they weren’t a one year fluke. The young defense, which consists of many young and unproven talents, is hitting hard and making news. That’s mainly because the NFL is hitting them hard back; the league fined two Buccaneers defensive members for hits on New Englad Patriots during last weeks game.
We already know of Mason Foster’s monster fine for his hit )or non-hit as many are calling it). Another Buccaneer has been added to the fine list: safety Devin Holland was slapped with a $10,000 fine for his pop shot on Patriots runningback Danny Woodhead bringing the Bucs total for the game to $30,000.
It’s actually Holland’s second fine in as many games. His very first NFL game saw him illegally strike a punt returner for the Chiefs which cost the rookie $5,000.
Mason Foster’s fine has been making news, both in it’s amount, the low end severity of it and Chad Ochocinco’s generosity towards the rookie. Ochocinco tweeted after the game that he had no problem with the hit and felt it’s the way the game should be played. he tweeted the day the fine was announced at $20,000 that he plans to personally reimburse Foster, whether the NFL likes it or not. He directly addressed the Commissioner, whom he mockingly called ‘Dad’ via twitter:
@nflcommish Dad no disrespect but I don’t agree with @mason_foster fine n I’ll be reimbursing him personally. Please feel free to contact me.
-@ochocinco on Twitter
Foster’s agent Steve Caric has said he plans on appealing the fine on his client’s behalf. But for the hard hitting Foster, if nothing else he’s made a pretty valuable and high profile friend out of the whole ordeal.