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Four get pay boost on practice squad

In recent years, the Patriots have paid some practice squad players a higher salary than the norm. The sweetened deals have led some players to pass on the opportunity to join another team's active roster, or helped them pick the Patriots' practice squad over another team's practice squad.

Four of the Patriots' eight practice squad players this year have contracts that fall into that category:

LB Tyrone McKenzie -- $150,000

OL Rich Ohrnberger -- $150,000

WR Darnell Jenkins -- $125,000

RB Javarris James -- $102,000

The minimum salary for a practice squad player is $88,400.