Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis blasts Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik for overpaying practice squad player

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.''

Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis blasts Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik for overpaying practice squad player 10/06/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 2:52pm]

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