NFL News: Another Ridiculous Fine Imposed from the NFL Front Office

Erick FernandezCorrespondent IIOctober 9, 2011

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 19:  Head coach Raheem Morris of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers directs his team against the Detroit Lions during the game at Raymond James Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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CBS Sports reported Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL front office have "laid down the law" on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and fined them $250,000.

The Buccaneers, specifically head coach Raheem Morris, committed infractions during the 130 day NFL lockout that will cost the team a pretty penny.

Rules and regulations prohibited any team personnel from contacting any players or draft picks during the lockout.

The NFL's front office performed an elaborate search of every team's phone records and found that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made seven calls that lasted a total of sixteen minutes.

Morris claimed that he made calls to cornerback, Aqib Talib after he was arrested in March for aggravated assault. He then said that he called tight end, Kellen Winslow Jr. to congratulate him after the birth of his child.

Even though no team is allowed to be given an unfair advantage these circumstances are obviously extremely different. Morris still needs to look out for the well being of his players because that is his job. 

Although there is protocol and teams have to abide by it, a six-digit fine for sixteen minutes worth of phone calls is egregious.

This is just another example of the ridiculousness of Roger Goodell. He and his front office will continue to rule with an iron fist for however long he is commissioner.