Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark hopes the next collective bargaining agreement narrows the gap between playoff pay for players on the 53-man roster and practice squad, Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
“Just as all of us are part of this team, so are they,” Clark said of the players on the eight-man squad. “It would be a great credit to the union to get something like that done. No matter who you are or what you are doing at this time of the year for this team, we’re all in the playoffs. Everybody should get the same check.”
Rutter uses running back Jonathan Dwyer and offensive tackle Kyle Jolly as examples.
Dwyer has not been active for the playoff run, and surely won’t dress for the Super Bowl, but will have earned an additional $142,000 if Pittsburgh wins a seventh Lombardi Trophy.
As a practice squad player, Jolly will have earned $26,000 during the playoffs, a figure comprised of five weekly checks worth $5,200 apiece. Unlike the previous games, Jolly will get to wear his jersey on the sidelines this Sunday.
“It’s the opportunity of a lifetime,” Jolly said.