John Kling, whose massive figure was a fixture on Buffalo's offensive line since taking over midway through his sophomore year, has reportedly been assigned to the Chicago Bears practice squad.
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The 6'7, 315 pound Kling was cut last week as the Bears cut to the then-75-man limit. He will join a maximum of ten other cut players on the Bears practice unit.
Each NFL team may keep up to ten members on its practice squad in addition to the 53-member main roster. A practice is usually made of mostly of cut rookies and young players who are seen as a development projects. Kling has great size but in the preseason he talked about the challenges of doing "the little things" at an NFL level.
This is a great chance for him to continue developing under the eye of NFL position coaches. He will also make a minimum salary of $6,900 per week for 17 weeks, or a little over $107,000 for the year.
Practice squad players are free agents; any NFL team willing to put the player on their 53-man roster is free to "poach" other teams' practice squads without compensating the teams.
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