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Bengals coach Lewis blasts decision by Bucs GM Dominik to overpay WR Briscoe to play on practice squad




Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis blasted the decision by Bucs general manager Mark Dominik to overpay receiver Dezmon Briscoe to sign with the team's practice squad.

Briscoe, a sixth-round pick from Kansas by the Bengals, was released on the final roster cutdown. The Bengals planned to re-sign Briscoe to their practice squad before Dominik offered him $320,000, the minimum salary for rookies on an active roster in the NFL. The standard for practice squad players is less than one-third that amount.

"When you overpay a guy on the practice squad, you create a problem for teams,'' Lewis said. "I don't know that teams want to set that precedent and they did with Dez.

"That's not a great precedent for teams to set as we try to keep the NFL and doing the things we're trying to do as a league. It's still a league of 32 teams and things are put together a certain way.''

Bucs coach Raheem Morris said Lewis should not be concerned with how the Bucs run their organization.

"I'm really not concerned about Marvin Lewis' comments about how we run our organization,'' Morris said. "It's a credit to our management and our ownership and what we want to do and how we want to go get them. That's really all that has to be said. I heard that comment and that's Marvin's opinion. Good for Marvin.

"Marvin is entitled to run his program any way he wants to run it. That's between him and his management corps. Myself, my management corps and Mark Dominik, we'll choose how we want to run our management corps.''







[Last modified: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 4:21pm]


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