Report: Packers buck up to keep Giacomini

Practice squad player making more than minimum Brad Biggs

Print This September 18, 2010, 12:59 PM EST

The Green Bay Packers really didn’t want to lose reserve offensive tackle Breno Giacomini to the Minnesota Vikings after final cuts.

So they bucked up.

According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Senitnel, the Packers are paying Giacomini $7,500 per week to be on the practice squad. That’s $2,300 more than the minimum, which the vast majority of practice squad players receive.

In fact, it’s quite rare to find a practice squad player earning more than the minimum, which equates to $88,400 for an entire season. Team don’t want to have to spend unnecessarily, and when one practice squad player finds out that another is banking more each week, well, that can be a tricky issues for teams and agents.

In this instance, Giacomini will earn an extra $39,100 over the course of 17 weeks. Now, practice squad players are often rolled in and out. Some teams will keep four or five core practice squad players and then use the remaining spots to rotate players in every few weeks so they get a look at more prospects.

The Chicago Bears took the even more unusual step of paying a practice squad player the minimum rookie salary for a season. Defensive tackle Antonio Garay was earning what rookies on the 53-man roster were making because the team wanted to keep him that badly. In a matter of weeks, he was promoted to the 53-man roster.

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