That’s the summation of statistics tallied by former San Jose Mercury News reporter Mike Rosenberg, with nine teams having more than 10 arrests during that period. No team had more than the Minnesota Vikings at 18. In fact, the 18 arrests by the Vikings over the past five years was five more than any other team except the Denver Broncos, who have 16, although there are several teams making ground on the Vikings, who also lead the way with 48 arrests since 2000.
In the past year, the Indianapolis Colts have five arrests, most in that span. They have 13 arrests over the last five years.
Since 2012, the 49ers lead the way with 12 arrests, which is also their total in the past five years. The 49ers also have the shortest streak since their last arrest after Aldon Smith was jailed on suspicion of drunk driving, hit and run, and vandalism on Sunday morning in Santa Clara, Calif.
In fact, as Rosenberg pointed out, former 49ers Smith and Ray McDonald would be tied for 23rd all by themselves with five arrests each in the last five years.
The nine teams with 11 or more arrests in the last five years: the Chicago Bears (11), Broncos (16), Detroit Lions (11), Colts (13), New York Jets (11), 49ers (12), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13) and Tennessee Titans (11).
The Houston Texans are best among NFL teams, with only one arrest in the last five years, the only team with less than three. The other teams with fewer than five: the Carolina Panthers (3), Miami Dolphins (4), New Orleans Saints (4), New York Giants (3) and San Diego Chargers (3).
The Giants have the longest active streak without an arrest, going one year, seven months and three weeks without one.
Here are the totals presented by Rosenberg:
If you take all the NFL players arrested over the last 5 years, they'd be able to play ten 11-on-11 games pic.twitter.com/NahH2fkhhy— Mike Rosenberg (@RosenbergMerc) August 11, 2015