Fines roundup: Dashon Goldson fined for illegal hit


Dashon Goldson said earlier this month he felt targeted by the league for his aggressive style of play. We don't imagine that viewpoint is about to change.

The evolution of the NFL:
Take a look at how the NFL has evolved from its humble roots, and the efforts being made to ensure it continues to grow.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety was fined $60,000 Friday for his helmet-to-helmet hit on wide receiver Stedman Bailey in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 23-13 loss to the St. Louis Rams.

It's just the latest firm slap on the wrist for Goldson, who has been fined multiple times for illegal hits. Goldson was suspended for one game last month for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White.

He was also handed a suspension for a Week 2 hit on New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles, though that suspension was later overturned and changed to a $100,000 fine.

All told, Goldson has been fined $190,000 this season, to go with the $264,705 in lost wages due to the suspension that stood. The league keeps sending loud messages with plenty of dollar signs attached.

Goldson continues to ignore them.

Here are more fines from around the league, as reported by NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport:

The playoff picture
See where each team stands in the playoff picture heading into the final week of the 2013 NFL regular season. More ...

» Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods was fined $15,750 for unnecessary roughness after he threw a punch at the opponent.

» New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson was fined $15,750 for roughing the passer. Richardson unnecessarily drove the opposing quarterback to the ground and landed on him with his full weight.

» Houston Texans safety Shiloh Keo was fined $15,750 for unnecessary roughness, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Keo hit a defenseless player in the head and neck area.

The latest "Around The League Podcast" delivered a Christmas gift, analyzing the chaotic playoff picture in both conferences.