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What is the salary for NFL practice squad players?


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2009-09-14 11:51:55
2009-09-14 11:51:55

As of 2006, the pay was $4,700 per week for the 17 weeks of the season (about $85,000). Practice squad players do not receive fringe benefits like the roster players...

The minimum salary from 2008-2010 is $5,200 per week for 17 weeks, or $88,400 per season, in comparison to the NFL minimum rookie salary of $285,000. (Some practice squad players are paid considerably more, however. In 2006, the New England Patriots paid third-year player Billy Yates the full $425,000 he would have earned on the active roster.)

Season 06-07 $4,700/week
Season 08-10 $5,200/week

From Article XXXIV, Section 3 of the NFL collective bargaining agreement.

I have a friend on the Chicago Bears practice squad and he makes $90,000 per year.


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