OWINGS MILLS - Ravens coach John Harbaugh is trying to keep his sense of humor about being fined $137,233 by the NFL for the team’s recent rookie camp rules violation.
After a recent OTA practice, Harbaugh said he made a $1 bet with outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith about whether Smith was offside on a particular play.
“Maybe that’s against the rules to have a bet with a guy – but it was only $1, so I have to read the CBA and see what the rule is on that,” Harbaugh said. “I bet him that he was in the neutral zone early. (We) went back and watched the tape frame-by-frame, and he was not in the neutral zone…I have to pay him $1, but I’m going to wait until I check my side letter on that.”
Harbaugh said last month that he misinterpreted modified language in the CBA when the team briefly had rookies in pads. Losing a $1 bet to Smith was far less expensive for Harbaugh than violating the CBA. But at least he can find some humor in it.