Jake Haener is learning an awfully expensive lesson about the NFL’s performance-enhancing substances policy. The New Orleans Saints backup quarterback was set to make $750,000 in base salary this season on his rookie contract — and he’ll forfeit a third of that while serving his six-week suspension to start the season for violating that PED policy.
That comes up to a bill of $250,000, so Haener is paying a hefty price. The young pro is going to have to learn to be more responsible moving forwards. The good news is that he won’t exactly go hungry; Haener received a $700,000 signing bonus earlier this year that won’t be subject to deductions. Still, he’s got to be more careful in the future.
He’ll be eligible to return to the team on Monday, Oct. 16 after their Week 6 road game with the Houston Texans. Haener wasn’t expected to play much this season (if at all) with Jameis Winston ahead of him on the depth chart behind Derek Carr, though Taysom Hill is also listed at quarterback.