Marcus Forston earns raise

FOXBOORUGH, Mass. -- On Thursday, we passed along word that practice squad cornerback Justin Green was being paid at a rate of $10,000 per week, up from the minimum practice squad standard of $6,000 per week ($170,000 over a full season versus $102,000).

He's now joined by defensive tackle Marcus Forston and offensive lineman Braxton Cave, who are also being paid the increased rate of $10,000 per week.

Forston has played in three games this season, registering three total tackles. He was recently waived from the active roster and re-signed to the practice squad. He's bounced back and forth between the active roster and practice squad since being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Miami following the 2012 draft.

Upping the salary of a practice squad player is often a reflection of how the team values the player, and sometimes is motivated by other teams around the league that have interest in signing said player to their active roster. Teams will up the salary of their practice squadders to encourage them to stay put as opposed to departing for another organization; it's up to the player to decide what he wishes to do.

With the regular season winding down, some of the teams that are near the bottom of the standings and with an eye towards the future will attempt to sign practice squad players as developmental prospects to work with both at the end of this season and into the offseason.

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