Practice Squad Rockefellers
September 28, 2011 at 09:47am by Scott • 4 Comments »
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.