Who Were the NFL’s Most-Fined Teams, Players in 2023? – Ravens Should Climb List After Loss to Chiefs

Already one of the league's most-fined teams in 2023, the Ravens climbed higher on the list with five penalties that could result in league discipline.

In the process of losing the AFC Championship Game to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens became the first team since the 2016 Lions to draw at least four penalties for roughing the passer and/or unnecessary roughness.

Add in Zay Flowers’ 15-yard penalty for taunting, and the Ravens had at least five plays that will be considered for fines by the league office. The others were roughing the passer penalties against Travis Jones and Jadeveon Clowney and unnecessary roughness calls against Roquan Smith and Kyle Van Noy.

Who Were the Most-Fined Teams, Players in 2023?

If all of them result in financial punishment, it will mark the fifth time this season a team has drawn at least five fines in a game. Remarkably, each occurrence involved a team from the AFC North.

The Ravens drew six fines in their Week 6 win against the Tennessee Titans; the Cleveland Browns had five in their Week 2 loss against Pittsburgh; and the Steelers had five in that same Week 2 game against the Browns and five in a Week 7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Sunday’s performance illustrated an ongoing issue with discipline for the Ravens, who finished tied for the second most finable plays in the regular season with 21.

This is the first year the NFL made public every fine. In the past, reporters had to submit queries on specific plays, and the league would confirm whether it resulted in financial punishment and, if so, how much according to the schedule of fines announced before the season.

The league does not, however, update the list after appeals, so it is possible some fines were reduced or, in the case of Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Stanley Morgan’s initial $43,709 punishment, rescinded entirely.

The Steelers led all teams with 28 fines. They were followed by the Ravens, Seattle Seahawks (21), Buffalo Bills (21), New York Jets (17), Las Vegas Raiders (16), Atlanta Falcons (15), Dallas Cowboys (15), and Denver Broncos (15).

Baltimore offensive lineman Morgan Moses added the team’s 22nd fine for an unnecessary roughness penalty in the team’s Division Round win against the Houston Texans.

The fines resulting from infractions in Sunday’s Conference Championship Games will be announced on Saturday.

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At the other end of the data are the Chicago Bears, whose five fines were the fewest in the league, followed by the Jacksonville Jaguars (seven), Cincinnati Bengals (seven), and Los Angeles Chargers (eight).

From an individual standpoint, the most fined player in the league this season was Seattle wide receiver DK Metcalf (six, four of which came in the first three games of the season).

Pittsburgh safety Damontae Kazee was fined five teams — and suspended for the final three games of the regular season — while Buffalo defensive tackle Ed Oliver also earned five.

Baltimore wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Denver safety Kareem Jackson, and Jets defensive tackle Quincy Williams each had four, with Jackson getting suspended twice.

The largest fine handed out this season was $87,418 against Atlanta’s Keith Smith, but the fullback said he won his appeal, and the fine was rescinded.

There were 12 players, led by Denver’s Jackson ($89,670), who had to pay more than $50,000 in fines this season.

The rest of the group includes Pittsburgh linebacker Kwon Alexander ($87,418), Metcalf ($84,686), Oliver ($79, 223), Houston safety Denzel Perryman ($66,666 plus two-game suspension), Beckham Jr. ($66,088), Chargers safety Derwin James ($65,565), Steelers linebacker Elandon Roberts ($65,564), Ravens tackle Ronnie Stanley ($60,101), Kazee ($59,030), Dolphins safety DeShon Elliott ($53,542) and Williams ($51,472).

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