This is certainly not unprecedented, but the Green Bay Packers have given two of their practice squad guys hefty raises this season. In doing so, it’s safe to say that other teams tried to sign guard Matt Rotherham and defensive lineman Christian Ringo away from the Packers.
Other teams are fee to poach the practice squad, so long as they place the player they claim on their active roster. That happened to the Packers when the Chicago Bears stole Bruce Gaston back in October.
They were apparently determined not to let it happen again. Thus, they gave Rotherham and Ringo salary increases of about 3.5 times, from $7000 a week to the rookie minimum of $25,588 a week.
Interestingly, that’s what the average Minnesota Vikings fan makes… per year.
Ringo was one of the Packers’ sixth-r0und picks, and played collegiately at Louisiana-Lafeyette. Rotherham was an undrafted free agent signing out of Pitt.
The former is one of those active guys who might make a splash play here and there, but is probably an NFL backup. The latter is 6-5, 325 and was known in college for his run blocking. If he can develop as a pass protecter, then he most certainly has an NFL future.
The Packers would obviously like if both of these guys had that future in Green Bay.