Starting Saturday, NFL teams can begin to form their practice squad rosters. The Arizona Cardinals will be one of those teams and no doubt, all you readers already have players in mind you would like to see retained. What are the rules for the practice squad?
SB Nation featured the rules a year ago.
Eligibility for the practice squad is limited to players who do not have an accrued season in the NFL, or were on an active list (53-man roster) for fewer than nine games during their only accrued seasons. Players that have served two seasons on a practice squad are eligible for a third season only if the team has at least 53 players on its active/inactive list for the duration of that player's employment.
A player will be considered to have served on a practice squad in a season if he were a member of a practice squad for three regular or postseason games during his first two practice squad seasons, or for one regular season or postseason game during a third practice squad season.
A practice squad player earns $5700 per week. Not a bad gig.
These players can negotiate rookie salary contracts, but cannot sign with their team's next opponent during the six days previous to the game or 10 days if the team is on its bye week.
Who will be the Cardinals cut players that might be on that practice squad? Tyler gives his thoughts in a column for SB Nation Arizona.
Here are the players that very possibly find themselves on the practice squad this year.
- S Blake Gideon
- DE Ronald Talley (on squad in 2011)
- DT Ricky Lumpkin (also 2011 PS member)
- LB Colin Parker (former ASU player)
- C Scott Wedige
- TE Steve Skelton
- OT D.J. Young (2011 PS)
- LB Quan Sturdivant (2011 PS)
- CB Larry Parker
- WR Isaiah Williams
Mike Jurecki does not think that Sturdivant will come back. I think Skelton's returning depends on the health of the tight ends, but since Jim Dray also backs up Anthony Sherman at fullback, the team might want another tight end for practices.
The teams look at potential development of players and also their own practice needs at certain positions. Given the number of defensive backs on the roster, I personally don't think the team will have two more on the practice squad. Who knows, though?
Running back Alfonso Smith is not elegible, neither are receivers Stephen Williams or DeMarco Sampson. Isaiah Williams making the practice squad would make his third year and final year eligible.
Naturally, these are just the players that were cut by the Cardinals. They may reach out to other players cut from other teams as well. That is how Jaymar Johnson ended up on the team last year.
Who do you want to see or predict will be on the team's practice squad? Tell us in the comments.
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