Jets rookie Frankie Luvu entered the NFL this year with hopes and dreams of becoming rich and famous as a professional football player. That dream now leaves Luvu in $15,000 worth of debt.
The un-drafted rookie linebacker was fined $20,054 for this ‘roughing the passer’ penalty during New York’s preseason game against the Redskins.
Jets run a TE stunt. Luvu gets through the far b-gap. But no excuse for this penalty, its just dumb. The QB clearly releases the ball AND he lowers his head to make the hit. Roberts also plays this poorly as he needs more depth in his drop as its 3rd and 10 here. pic.twitter.com/ADULPnd3pN
— Joe Blewett (@Joerb31) August 22, 2018
The NFL slapped Luvu with a $20,054 fine, the only problem? His salary is only $1,075 a game.
The weekly preseason pay for a 1st yr NFL player is $1,075. Jets undrafted rookie LB Frankie Luvu has made $4,300 this summer. The NFL fined him $20,054 for his illegal hit vs the Redskins. He’s officially in the hole $-15,754. pic.twitter.com/17D48p5Q3P
— Anthony Becht (@Anthony_Becht) August 26, 2018
If Luvu makes the Jets final 52-man roster, the fine will come out of his paycheck, taking all the money he’ll make from his first NFL game.
If he is cut and remains out of the NFL for the rest of his life, the fine will be negated.
Luckily for Luvu’s sake, has been showing out this preseason, and will likely make the team and in the process make the money he owes back, and then some.