Tori Gurley Turns Down Vikings to Stay on Packers’ Practice Squad


On the surface this looks like an embarrassing story for the Vikings. The team offered Packers practice squad receiver Tori Gurley a roster spot but Gurley turned the Vikings down to remain on the Packers’ PS. The Packers reportedly gave Gurley a raise, but Gurley says he would’ve stayed even without the pay bump because “he didn’t want his season to end in three weeks.”

I’m sure there are lots of Packer fans just giddy at the idea that this guy would rather be a practice squad hand for the Packers than a full-fledged member of the Vikings roster. Their practice squad guys are better than the Vikings’ real receivers! Also Minnesota people smell like butt!

Let’s be real though: Gurley’s true reason for staying with the Packers has nothing to do with hating the Vikings or even getting a raise. He stayed with Green Bay because he knows Greg Jennings is hurt and this could be his chance to move up to the active roster. And if Jennings is slower coming back from his injury than expected, Gurley could end up seeing action in a playoff game.

I have no doubt that were it not for Jennings’ injury Gurley would’ve accepted the Vikings’ offer. A man would have to be an idiot to stay on a practice squad, even for a playoff-bound team, when he has a chance to get on the active roster for another team, even one that is 2-11. Without the expectation of an injury-related promotion, Gurley would have left the Packers behind in a heartbeat.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Gurley is a UDFA out of South Carolina who in two years of college caught 75 balls for 905 yards and 6 TDs. He could be garbage but because he’s a UDFA on the Packers everyone thinks he’s a superstar waiting to happen. The Packers can find players anywhere.

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  • djinndjinn

    Speaking as a Packers fan, Gurley says he’s turned down other offers from other teams, so it doesn’t seem to be anything against the Vikings per se. And I think there’s more to it than just Jennings being out for 2-3 weeks, as it doesn’t look like he’s going to be added to the roster for that injury. Rather, I think he sees that Donald Driver is probably in his last year and there is likely a long-term roster spot opening, not just a temporary spot with Jennings being out. Further, with Rodgers as the QB, the current roster and the current GM and coach creating a stable, quality franchise, I think he realizes the Packers could be good for a long time. That’s worth a lot. As for Gurley posibly being garbage, time will tell, but he’s generally considered by the receivers themselves to have the best hands on the Packers, and his size makes him tough to cover. There are many fans who think he’s probably better than Driver at this point.

  • ktonine

    The Packers are widely regarded as having the deepest receiving corps in the league. I’ve been wondering ever since preseason ended why Gurley and Smithson weren’t immediately picked up by some other teams. They were the last two cuts at WR and many who watched them in the preseason thought they could make most NFL rosters.

    Now we find out Gurley has turned down other teams besides the Vikings. I think he sees a QB that doesn’t play favorites or get locked into one receiver. Get open and Rodgers will get you the ball. I wouldn’t be surprised if Gurley turns out to be next year’s big “surprise” find by Ted Thompson.

  • F7700

    I would much rather be a 13-0 Packer who will soon be in the Playoffs and possibly in the Superbowl too. You get a ring if you’re on the practice squad, their are aging players at your position that this will possibly be there last yer. 15-20 years of playing football it doesn’t get much better then this, knowing that you could be called in a moments notice for the big time. I respect Gurly for his decision. We lost West to Carolina earlier and he went to the Jaguars or Panthers off the practice squad and he was pretty awesome in the preseason too. On top of that he was another GB UDFA.The UDFA system is working pretty good in Green Bay, Williams, Shields, West..probably more that I don’t even know.