The Green Bay Packers are making it known they arenít in the market to lose any more practice-squad pupils to other NFL active rosters.
After losing wide receiver Charles Johnson to the Cleveland Browns last month, the Packers have since promoted cornerback James Nixon to the active roster to avoid him signing with Buffalo and now have given practice-squad quarterback Scott Tolzien a hefty raise to remain in Green Bay.
The Browns, who have already pilfered Johnson and center Patrick Lewis from the Packers so far this season, were attempting to sign the former Wisconsin quarterback to their active roster, according to WTMJ-TV and WITI-TV in Milwaukee.
Instead, the Packers convinced Tolzien to stay as their third-string quarterback on the scout team by evidently boosting his salary from the practice-squad minimum ($6,000 per week or $102,000 for the season) to a prorated $554,999 base salary, according to the NFL Players Association website.
It comes one dollar short of the league minimum for a second-year player this season of $555,000.
After making $48,000 for the first eight weeks of the season, Tolzien will now make $32,058 each week for the last nine weeks of the regular season. That'll bring his total compensation to $336,528 for the 2013 regular season if he remains in that capacity.
The Packers are high on Tolzien's talent. They released 2012 seventh-round pick B.J. Coleman in September in favor of signing the 26-year-old to the practice squad. An undrafted free agent in 2011, Tolzien split his first two NFL seasons between the San Francisco 49ersí active roster and practice squad before the two parted ways after this year's camp.
This is Tolzienís final year of practice-squad eligibility, so it likely speaks to how he views the opportunity in Green Bay and how the Packers see him as a viable candidate to backup Aaron Rodgers going forward.
Itís not the first time the Packers have stepped up to keep a practice-squad player. They also did it in the past with quarterback Graham Harrell and wide receivers Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel.