Gurley Sticks With Pack Practice Squad Instead of Jumping to Vikings

Packers practice squad wide receiver Tori Gurley turned down an opportunity to join the Vikings’ 53-man roster this week.

“If you look statistically, their season is going to be over in three weeks,” Gurley said of the Vikings. “We’re already locked to have a playoff spot.”

Undrafted out of South Carolina, Gurley received a $5,000 bonus to sign with the Packers after the lockout ended. Gurley had a team-high nine receptions for 81 yards during the preseason, but could not crack the team’s deep receiving corps and was waived and re-signed to the practice squad in early September.

Gurley has been earning $5,700 per week in non-guaranteed salary from the Packers, who Demovsky reports adjusted Gurley’s pay rate after he turned down the Vikings. Had Gurley accepted the Vikings’ offer, he would have been guaranteed three game checks ($66,176) from the Vikings, but that was not enough to get him to change teams.

“I’m learning from some of the best receivers in the game right now,” said Gurley.

Paying high rates to practice squad players is nothing new for the Packers. Last season the club paid offensive tackle Breno Giacomini at an increased rate. Before he was signed to the 53-man roster last week, quarterback Graham Harrell was receiving $12,500 per week from the Packers.

Spurned by Gurley, the Vikings promoted wide receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux from their practice squad to the 53-man roster and signed wide receivers Kris Adams and Owen Spencer to the practice squad.


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