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Practice Squad Rockefellers

September 28, 2011 at 09:47am by Scott   •  4 Comments »

What George Johnson would look like if he was bald, white and had a mustache. And was a cartoon.
Oh, those cheap, cheap Glazers. They’re back to their old trick again of insisting on paying guys the league minimum.

Apparently, the team has a very high opinion of practice squad defensive end George Johnson. After he was released at the end of the preseason, the Bucs quickly turned around and signed him to a sweet deal on Sept. 8. Presumably fearing they would lose Johnson to another team’s practice squad, the Bucs signed Johnson to a contract worth $170,000. The typical practice-squad contract is for $96,900.

But the Bucs renegotiated Johnson’s deal on Sept. 13, according to contract records obtained by ESPN.com. That’s when Johnson got a raise to $22,059 per week, which comes to $352,944 for 16 weeks. Johnson is being paid at the same rate as the minimum for players on the regular 53-man roster. If he had signed the new contract before the first game, he’d be making the $370,000 minimum, spread out over 17 weeks (including the bye).

Oh, it actually looks like they’re paying a practice squad player three-and-a-half times what he would normally make just to keep him on the team. Well… uhh, it’s probably fake money! Yeah, that’s it. They’re paying Johnson in Monopoly money. Wait, does anyone play Monopoly anymore? Whatever game the kids are playing today, that must be how they paid him. Does Farmville have money?

Seriously, though, there are still people out there that insist on staying home on Sundays because of this perception that the Bucs aren’t spending money on players. They are, it’s just that the players are already on the team. The Philadelphia Eagles, the club that famously spent shit-tons of cash to bring in their “Dream Team” are currently 1-2. The Bucs are 2-1. I called a scientist friend of mine and he confirmed that the Bucs’ record is definitely better.

4 Comments to “Practice Squad Rockefellers”

CharlieB

CharlieB (September 28, 2011 at 05:45pm:

As an engineer that specializes in statistics, I can also confirm that 2-1 is better than 1-2.

I wonder how long it’ll take pundits to say we’ve only beaten teams with losing records.

FireThemCannons

FireThemCannons (September 29, 2011 at 11:45am:

They wouldn’t have losing records if we hadn’t beaten them

campyone

campyone (September 29, 2011 at 07:16pm:

I remember Hugh Culverhouse so I’m a big fan of the Glazers. But in fairness to those who aren’t,it’s one thing to give Johnson an extra couple hundred thousand dollars and something entirely different to pay a good free agent many millions a year. Doing the first thing doesn’t mean an owner would also do the second.

bassoon75

bassoon75 (September 30, 2011 at 02:55pm:

I don’t have a problem with this. If you have a player that you believe is valuable and eventually contribute, paying the extra money makes sense. As was mentioned, were not talking about millions of dollars here. Sadly, if Quincy Black remains injured, and based on his previous two games, he might not see many of the of those millions, much less be with the team.

In fact, I don’t see a problem doing this with any player on the practice squad. Many players on the PS for the Bucs in my opinion have promise, and if they perform well, deserve the money, especially since we are always talking about the guaranteed millions early round draft picks make. They receive this money even before they play a down.

Lastly, All of the current practice quad members fill needs for the Bucs. Two offensive lineman players that can play multiple positions on an already thin line, a promising DE for a defensive line with a line riddled with injuries, A running back with speed along with a solid hands receiver “just in case” players in these positions get injured, as well as a linebacker and safety, both positions highly valued by Rah.

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