by Aaron Wilson
August 19, 02014
NFL practice squads have been expanded to 10 players from a previous maximum of eight players, effectively immediately for this season.
Under an agreement reached between the NFL and the NFL Players Association, the new limits will remain in effect for the next two seasons. Should the agreement not be extended, the eight-player limit will go back into effect starting in the 2016 season.
Meanwhile, players must have a minimum of six games, up from three games, on a practice squad for the season to count toward a player's three seasons of practice squad service.
Plus, NFL teams will be allowed to sign two practice squad players who have earned no more than two accrued seasons of free agency credit. Without that exception, a player who's earned one or more acrued seasons wouldn't be eligible for a practice squad unless they had fewer than nine games on an active gameday roster in each of the player's accrued seasons.
Practice squad players are paid a minimum of $6,300 per week during regular season. That's $107,100 over 17 weeks.
This creates 64 new NFL jobs.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun