With teams required to get their rosters down to 53 players by 6 p.m. Saturday, I thought it would be a good idea to review practice squad eligibility.
Article XXXIV of the collective bargaining agreement outlines the rules. Teams are allowed to have eight practice squad players. A team cannot simply assign a fringe player to the practice squad. He must first be waived and go unclaimed by another club. The player then would become a free agent, not bound to sign a practice squad deal.
Players must meet one of the following criteria while previously not being on a practice squad more than two seasons:
No accrued seasons of NFL experience.
Free agents who were on an active roster for fewer than nine regular-season games during their accrued seasons.
A season on the practice squad constitutes three weeks. There are provisions for a third season on a practice squad.
Players make a minimum of $5,200 a week on the practice squad, but any terms can be negotiated.