The list has been cut. The failures have been processed. Now is the time for NFL teams to start gathering their training teams.
While the Green Bay Packers start a normal practice week today seven days before their season opener against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, the recruiting department will be heavy in work. After 13:00 Eastern today, teams are allowed to start signing players to coach teams, completing the initial roster-building process.
Each team can enroll up to ten players on the team who will train with the 53-man roster and continue the development of young players.
Most players on the team will be rookies or players with little or no experience in NFL play. The general eligibility requirements for a team are the following:
- Less than two seasons of NFL experience (defined by six or more games on the active roster or contingency reserve)
- No more than three seasons spent in a training squad ( season is determined by six games or more per team within one year)
Teams can sign players outside the teams of other teams in their own 53-man roster. This decision is entirely up to the player who can accept or decline the offer. In addition, players will make a minimum of $ 8,000 a week in training teams, although teams are free to pay these players more than that. This often happens in the case of a player whom the team wants to retain and persuades to stay rather than sign with another team.
Here are the signed signatures for the Packers so far starting in 2019.