Cincinnati cleared another hurdle as the NFL sprints toward their regular season opener this week. Once they were comfortable with their 53-man roster on Saturday afternoon, Cincinnati spent another boring Saturday evening and Sunday morning, scouring the waiver wire while keeping in contact with players who they want to ink on their practice squad. Once they shrugged their shoulders with what's on the waiver wire, they signed and announced their 2015 practice squad on Sunday afternoon.
- Cornerback Troy Hill
- Defensive tackle DeShawn Williams
- Linebacker Trevor Roach
- Wide receiver Jake Kumerow
- Tight end Matt Lengel
- Guard Dan France
- Guard Trey Hopkins
- Running back Terrell Watson
- Running back James Wilder Jr.
- Quarterback Keith Wenning
Practice squad players earn a minimum of $6,600 per week -- if the player remains on the team for the entire year, he would earn $112,000. That being said, teams can pay their practice squad player whatever they want -- note the Dezmon Briscoe saga. Yet, that's an aberration. Paychecks on the practice squad increase each year, in 2014 the salary was $6,300 and now, it has increased to $6,900. By the year 2020, the final season under the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement, practice squad players will earn $8,400.
From Article 33, Section 4:
a) The Practice Squad shall consist of the following players, provided that they have not served more than two previous seasons on a Practice Squad: (i) players who do not have an Accrued Season of NFL experience; and (ii) free agent players who were on the Active List for fewer than nine regular season games during their only Accrued Season(s). An otherwise eligible player may be a Practice Squad player for a third season only if the Club by which he is employed that season has at least 53 players on its Active/Inactive List during the entire period of his employment.
(b) A player shall be deemed to have served on a Practice Squad in a season if he has passed the club's physical and been a member of the club's Practice Squad for at least three regular season or postseason games during his first two Practice Squad seasons, and for at least one regular season or postseason game during his third Practice Squad season. (For purposes of this Section, a bye week counts as a game provided that the player is not terminated until after the regular season or postseason weekend in question.)