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Report: Packers give undrafted guard Lane Taylor $7,000 bonus


One major reason why the competition for undrafted free agents is so fascinating: every team gets the same amount of money to use for bonuses on undrafted rookies, and it is not much. Per the CBA, the bonus pool was $75,00o in 2011, and it has grown at the same rate of the salary cap since.

Thanks to a report from Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, we have a sense of how one team allocated their undrafted rookie bonus dollars this spring. According to Hodkiewicz, the Packers gave Oklahoma State offensive guard Lane Taylor $7,000 to sign. Five other players, per the Press-Gazette, received $5,000 bonuses. However, at least two players didn’t receive a bonus whatsoever, according to the report.

The job opportunity itself is what matters for undrafted players. The upfront money, if you can get it, is nice, but it’s really not much. Every undrafted player signs a non-guaranteed three-year deal and works to make it into something more.

And something more isn’t that far outside of the realm of possibility. An undrafted free agent can sign a new contact after his second season, per league rules. Even if that doesn’t happen, the player will likely be an unrestricted free agent no later than after his fourth NFL season — right in the player’s prime earning years.

For most rookies, the bonus money is tantamount to a comped meal at a casino. It is nothing to sniff at, but the real shot at riches is out on the floor with all the bright lights.

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28 Responses to “Report: Packers give undrafted guard Lane Taylor $7,000 bonus”
  1. shaggytoodle says: May 17, 2013 8:24 PM

    That’s fine, TT seems to have the habit of taking a lot of Tackles and then turning them into Guards.

  2. vols84 says: May 17, 2013 8:24 PM

    Lineman hip bump

  3. 23chameleons says: May 17, 2013 8:34 PM

    This is the mi d of story … understanding the nuances of the NFL … that Florio rode to his sell-out status. More, please.

  4. benh999 says: May 17, 2013 8:37 PM

    I think you are confusing fascinating with boring.

  5. filthymcnasty1 says: May 17, 2013 8:43 PM


    That’s more money than Viking fans have raised for their new stadium.

  6. inyofaceagain says: May 17, 2013 8:59 PM

    I expect him to be their best player this season.

  7. 28for20 says: May 17, 2013 9:12 PM

    Reach! Sign of desperation!

  8. GenXJay says: May 17, 2013 9:41 PM

    He & the cheating packers agreed to the 7k while he was still in college last year.

  9. tokyosandblaster says: May 17, 2013 9:45 PM

    I’m glad they locked this guy up.

    Rumor has it that the Vikings were interested in making him a Wide Receiver; as he may be the only person that won’t outrun Ponder’s lame duck passes.

  10. vfan76 says: May 17, 2013 9:54 PM

    They gave him money to buy Mathews PED’s.

  11. contra74 says: May 17, 2013 9:57 PM

    Cheap asses

  12. publicteamforever says: May 17, 2013 9:58 PM

    Thanks to the Packer tradition, some small measure of financial transparency still exists.

  13. unbiasfan says: May 17, 2013 10:33 PM

    Packers are an irrelevant franchise #nobodycaresaboutyourteam

  14. axespray says: May 17, 2013 10:50 PM

    umm…. vikings, bears, lions all suck.

    there’s seriously nothing I can … like, there’s no ammo from this article…

    Good luck to undrafted players, I guess?

  15. themagicfanguy says: May 17, 2013 11:41 PM

    Greatest team in NFL history. Suck it losers.

  16. saints4life57 says: May 17, 2013 11:58 PM

    Good! Someone who is going to play the game for the love of the sport and not the money! LOL Ummmm yeah right! 7k now and if he ends up half decent he’ll want millions! Oh well at least he’s going to have to work for it like everyone else in the NFL should have to do!

  17. tokyosanbblaster says: May 18, 2013 12:18 AM

    I should say something stupid about the Vikings.

  18. tokyosanbblaster says: May 18, 2013 12:21 AM

    I should say something stupid.

  19. firestarter0728 says: May 18, 2013 12:29 AM

    The Vikings are gonna be sorry they didn’t draft this guy in the first round.

  20. lnfinite says: May 18, 2013 12:37 AM

    I won’t rip on the Packers for being cheap but if you want to protect what you say is the best qb in football, why go with undrafted players in your area of greatest need? It makes no sense.

  21. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 18, 2013 12:46 AM

    Of course they gave him $7,000. He’ll probably be their starting left tackle this year.

  22. gbmickey says: May 18, 2013 8:02 AM

    Typical viking fans commenting on another Packer article. The whining continues… how come we dont get as much attention? Please someone notice us.

  23. monkeyboymotors says: May 18, 2013 9:40 AM

    It’s about time Teddy upgraded the packs offensive line!

  24. tokyosandblaster says: May 18, 2013 9:54 AM

    I’m going to play Madden, just to see if it’s even possible for the Vikings to win in a Video Game.

    I don’t have high hopes.

  25. emoney826 says: May 18, 2013 1:57 PM

    “But, but, the vikings beat the packers in week 17. We’re just as good as they are”. Lol keep talking morons. You had to play a perfect game just to beat the packers. Truth be told, you have an aging defense, a horrible QB, and a great running back who deserves better than what he’s been surrounded with. It reminds me of Barry Sanders. Great player who never got a ring because he was surrounded by chumps.

  26. dcviking says: May 18, 2013 6:51 PM

    I laugh at all the morons who think Adrian Peterson never had a chance for a ring. He did — he fumbled it away. If Adrian never gets a ring, its not the just supporting cast he had.

    BTW – the Vikings aren’t as good as the Packers, but they are capable of beating them. According the opinion of Packer fans about the Vikings, that must make the Packers a potentially really poor team.

    Think it was a fluke? OK — but we also beat the 49ers who hammered the Packers not once but twice last year. Or does that game not count either?

  27. filthymcnasty1 says: May 18, 2013 7:48 PM

    He had his choices narrowed down to the 13 time World Champion Packers, or the hapless, tasteless Vikings.

    Good choice Lane.

  28. bhopp21 says: May 20, 2013 10:17 AM

    Why do you Packer fans have to turn every non-story into a he said, she said argument about the Vikings and Packers? Your comments never have anything to do with the actual article itself, or the present state of each team for that matter. Move on with your life.

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