GREEN BAY – For the second straight week, the Green Bay Packers had a practice-squad player spurn another team’s offer of a spot on the 53-man roster to stick around.
And unlike quarterback Graham Harrell, who was promoted to the Packers’ 53-man roster after the Buffalo Bills came calling, wide receiver Tori Gurley turned down the Minnesota Vikings even though the Packers didn’t promote him to the 53.
Gurley said Thursday that the Vikings offered him a contract on Monday, but he turned it down to stay with the Packers, who gave him a pay raise but didn’t move him up onto their roster.
"(Minnesota’s) season is going to be over within three weeks. We're already locked to have a playoff spot,” Gurley explained Thursday. “I'm all about winning a Super Bowl, so if that's me being a practice squad player to help the defense out, or me getting out there on the field and doing whatever I have to do, I just want to be a part of something special."
An undrafted free agent from South Carolina, Gurley had a terrific summer but was cut at the end of training camp and signed to the practice squad with Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Donald Driver and Randall Cobb ahead of him on the depth chart. But with the 36-year-old Driver nearing the end of his career, the 6-foot-4 Gurley would be a logical replacement for him on the roster in 2012 if Driver does not return.
"I'm learning from some of the best receivers in the game right now," Gurley said. "Our offense, the way it's clicking, the grass isn't going to be greener on the other side. My opportunity is going to come."
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