Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis blasted the decision by Tampa Bay Buccaneers 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 $325,000, 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.''