NFL rookie lumped with teammates' huge dining bill

The Jacksonville Jaguars' Malik Jackson and the Houston Texans' Duane Brown shove each other after a play during the first half of their NFL game.
The Jacksonville Jaguars' Malik Jackson and the Houston Texans' Duane Brown shove each other after a play during the first half of their NFL game. Eric Christian Smith

WHEN you have a 152kg teammate with the nickname "BBQ”, splitting a dinner bill was always going to be a difficult minefield to negotiate.

Houston Texans rookie K.J. Dillon walked right into the ambush.

The 23-year-old safety was left to foot the bill at a team dinner that got a little out of hand.

Dillon was left staring at a check of $US16,255 ($22,364) after a group dinner to celebrate the Texans' thrilling 21-20 comeback win over Jacksonville earlier this week.

With a 10% tip for the service staff, Dillon is looking at a payment of about $US18,000.

It was a truly happy occasion, right up until the bill got plonked in front of the West Virginia University product.

His teammates wolfed down $349.65 of sea bass with lobster and racked up $105.90 on two servings of filet mignon.

Hennesy Paradis Imperial cognac was the beverage of choice - apparently. Between them, the group put away $7700 of the rare cognac, which can be bought in Australia for about $900 for a 700ml bottle.

It means Dillon was responsible for ordering 0.07% of his group's total bill.

The scene of a rookie getting stuck with a team bill is nothing new in the NFL.

However, this is not a clear-cut case of a mega-rich athlete paying an exorbitant will with the pocket change from his seven-figure salary.

Recruited by Houston as the 22nd pick of the fifth round of the 2016 NFL draft - the No.159 pick overall - Dillon reportedly scored a four-year contract that could be worth $2.6 million if he activates every performance-based clause in his contract.

This season he was paid $374,000 after receiving a signing bonus of $235,000.

He is yet to make his NFL debut and can be cut at any time without receiving any payout for the remaining three years on his deal.

The $16,255 bill might be a little bit easier for Dillon to cover than some, but it's still a hefty whack to his personal finances.

Thankfully, he seems to have a pretty good sense of humour about the whole thing.

After being inundated with concerned queries from fans on social media about how he has been recovering from the stitch-up, Dillon let everyone know things aren't desperate just yet.

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