Isaac Rochell is currently for the next team to sign him for the upcoming season, but in the meantime, he wanted to answer questions that fans may have from a man who has been in the league.
One of the questions presented to the free-agent defensive end was how much money do players make being on the practice squad and if it’s enough to live on throughout the year.
“Can you actually live off of a practice squad salary in the NFL?”
“My first year I was on the practice squad for the majority of the season and I’ll tell you exactly how much I made. Every two weeks, I was making about $7,500. I was getting taxed in the highest tax bracket and I was getting taxed from California as being a California resident. $7,500 for every two weeks and I only got eight of those.
I was actually active for four games and I got a signing bonus, so I was fine, but you can definitely see how that’s really not that much money. Remember, you don’t get paid in the offseason. That’s all you make for the entire year.”
At the end, he added that players will be making “$11,000 a week on practice squads.”
Rochell was a seventh round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers in the 2016 NFL Draft. After playing just three games as a rookie in 2017, Rochell became a regular in the Chargers defensive line rotation in the next three seasons. He started six games for the Bolts in 2020.
Last year, the former Notre Dame standout signed with the Indianapolis Colts for $2.5 million that could reach $3 million with incentives.