Top 15 NFL Players Who Are More Trouble Than They're Worth

Making big money is relatively easy for any NFL player, regardless of position. Every player risks their own personal welfare every time they step foot onto the gridiron, so why shouldn’t they be handsomely rewarded for their noble and enduring efforts? The million dollar paychecks find their ways to players’ bank accounts season after season, allotting to significant lump sums of cash just waiting to be conspicuously consumed; and with big bucks coming in, why not buy big things?

But let’s face it, some of these players are simply more trouble than they’re worth. Fines and suspensions in the NFL are a prominent fixture in every season despite the NFL’s animosity towards keeping a clean reputation in the world of sports. Millions of dollars of players’ salaries go down the drain for failing to meet the rules of conduct, both on and off the field. Although teams may not have to endure the financial burden that arises when a player commits an infraction, they do have to make adjustments accordingly to fill the spots of suspended players on their rosters; a difficult and complex task, as football is one of the more strategic team sports today.

However, it is unfair to say that all players in the NFL participate in wrong doings and misconducts. Some manage to stay perfectly clean, others experience minor incidences of moral slippage, while others persist in being repeat offenders time and time again. The most popular and reoccurring infraction committed by players is substance abuse.

This list will feature the top 15 NFL players who have accumulated the highest amounts of total fines during their careers, as well as the associated punishments to be served a result to the misconducts.

15 Vontaze Burfict

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14 Brandon Browner

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13 Adam-Pacman Jones

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12 Trent Williams

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11 Ben Roethlisberger

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10 Haloti Ngata

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9 Robert Mathis

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8 Josh Gordon

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7 Ray Rice

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6 Greg Hardy

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5 D.J. Williams

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4 Johnny Manziel

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3 Daryl Washington

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2 Aldon Smith

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1 Dion Jordan

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The top of the list belongs to none other than 2013 draftee and Miami Dolphin defensive end, Dion Jordan. Jordan’s total career fines paid to date sum up to a staggering $6.92 million. The most ludicrous thing about this is that this is only over a span of his three years in the league. 99.9% of these fines derive from substance abuse fines. His first two took place in 2014 and totaled around $1.6 million while the third took place in 2015 and totaled $5.2 million. The former resulted in a six game suspension while the latter resulted in an entire season's suspension. At 25 years of age, Jordan should think extensively about improving his behavior if he wishes to remove himself from the top of this list.

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Top 15 NFL Players Who Are More Trouble Than They're Worth