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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Bucs took care of practice-squad player

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who frequently are accused by their fans of being cheap, made a very unique and generous move when they signed quarterback Rudy Carpenter to their practice squad just before the season.

Carpenter was the team’s No. 3 quarterback last year annd originally was scheduled to make $525,000 this season. But the Bucs decided to carry only two quarterbacks (Josh Freeman and Josh Johnson) on their regular roster. They released Carpenter and then turned around and signed him to the practice squad.

The league’s standard salary for players on the practice squad is $96,900 and that’s what the rest of Tampa Bay’s practice-squad players signed for. But not Carpenter.

According to numbers obtained by ESPN.com, Carpenter's contract is for $200,005. I’m not sure what that final $5 is for, but the Bucs were either being nice to a player who has history with the franchise or they feared losing Carpenter to someone else’s practice squad.

This is not unprecedented for the Bucs. Last year, they signed wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe to the practice squad, but his contract was about triple that of a practice-squad deal. To help keep Briscoe from signing with Cincinnati’s practice squad, the Bucs gave him a contract for the league minimum for players on the regular roster.