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NFL Futures Deals

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


This is the time of year we see the term “reserve/future contract” tossed around. Not everyone is entirely clear on what that means or how a player is signed to a reserve/future contract. That’s why we’re here. When a player is signed to a reserve/future contract that means they are being signed for the upcoming season. It’s typically a one- or two-year deal at the league minimum based on number of years of experience in the NFL. Only players who were not on any team’s active roster at the end of the regular season are eligible to sign reserve/future contracts. Players who typically sign these deals were on practice squads, but we’ll also see a few veterans sprinkled into the mix. These players that sign reserve/future deals are added to their respective teams’ “active” rosters on the first day of the new league year, which happens to be March 9, 2017 this season. Most players who sign reserve/future contracts end up getting cut during the summer, but we’ve seen a few players survive into the regular season. Chargers WR Dontrelle Inman, Broncos C Matt Paradis, Chiefs RB Spencer Ware, Patriots RB Dion Lewis, Saints CB Delvin Breaux, Saints RB Tim Hightower, Saints WR Willie Snead, and Raiders WR Seth Roberts were a few players who inked futures deals over the past two offseasons and ended up contributing in big ways. Below is where we’ll track all of these signings over the next month or so.

ARIZONA CARDINALS

LB Nordly Capi, WR Aaron Dobson, WR Marvin Hall, WR Chris Hubert, OG Kaleb Johnson, P Richie Leone, C Daniel Munyer, RB Elijhaa Penny, DB Ronald Zamort

ATLANTA FALCONS

WR Anthony Dable, K Mike Meyer, TE Brian Vogler

BALTIMORE RAVENS

WR Kenny Bell, OG Jarell Broxton, DB Rob Daniel, RB Stephen Houston, OG Jarrod Pughsley, C Matt Skura, QB Dustin Vaughan

BUFFALO BILLS

LS Reid Ferguson, DB Charles Gaines, RB Cedric O’Neal, DB Joe Powell, LB Max Valles, QB Josh Woodrum

CAROLINA PANTHERS

DB Brian Blechen, OT Blaine Clausell, DT Eric Crume, WR Keyarris Garrett, DB L.J. McCray, DB Tyler Patmon, DB Jeff Richards, OT Jake Rodgers, RB Jalen Simmons, TE Scott Simonson, OT Pearce Slater, OG Tyrus Thompson, TE Eric Wallace, RB Darrel Young

CHICAGO BEARS

WR Dres Anderson, DB DeVante Bausby, RB David Cobb, C Cornelius Edison, DB Jacoby Glenn, DT Kapron Lewis-Moore, OT William Poehls, WR Rueben Randle, DB Rashaad Reynolds, OG Cyril Richardson

CINCINNATI BENGALS

DE Ryan Brown, DT David Dean, DB Tony McRae, OG Alex Redmond, WR Alonzo Russell

CLEVELAND BROWNS

WR Josh Boyce, LB James Burgess, DT Trevon Coley, DB Justin Currie, DB Trae Elston, DB Darius Hillary, TE J.P. Holtz, WR Jordan Leslie, OT Zach Sterup

DALLAS COWBOYS

LB John Lotulelei

DENVER BRONCOS

RB Zac Brooks, C Dillon Day, DE Iosia Iosia, OT Justin Murray, LS Jeff Overbaugh, RB Bernard Pierce, DT Travis Raciti, TE Steven Scheu, WR Hunter Sharp, LB Kevin Snyder, TE Austin Traylor

DETROIT LIONS

WR Jared Abbrederis, TE Kennard Backman, RB Mike James, TE Khari Lee, LB Steve Longa, OG Matt Rotheram, OG Brandon Thomas, WR Andrew Turzilli, DB Charles Washington 


HOUSTON TEXANS

P Cory Carter

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

LB Alex Bazzie, K Devon Bell, LB LaVar Edwards, WR Marcus Leak, DB Stefan McClure, DB Tevin Mitchel, QB Stephen Morris, OG Adam Redmond, DB Larry Scott, WR Tevaun Smith

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

TE E.J. Bibbs, DB Doran Grant, OG Nila Kasitati, LB Raphael Kirby, DT Louis Nix, WR Jamal Robinson, DB Elijah Shumate, TE Gannon Sinclair, OT Arturo Uzdavinis

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

OT Isaiah Battle, RB Will Ratelle, DB Julian Wilson

LOS ANGELES RAMS

DB Jerome Couplin, LB Cassanova McKinzy, LB Reggie Northrup, DB Kevin Peterson, WR Brandon Shippen, DB Kevin Short, RB Brandon Wegher, TE Bryce Williams

MIAMI DOLPHINS

LB Lamin Barrow, DB Daniel Davie, OT Jesse Davis, QB Brandon Doughty, RB Storm Johnson, LB Deon Lacey, DE Arthur Miley, TE Chris Pantale, RB Senorise Perry, OT Terry Poole, DE Julius Warmsley, LB Brandon Watts

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

DT Sterling Bailey, WR Moritz Bohringer, TE Kyle Carter, OT Reid Fragel, WR Cayleb Jones, K Marshall Koehn, OT Marquis Lucas, DB Tre Roberson, RB Bishop Sankey, OT Austin Shepherd, P Taylor Symmank, DB Cedric Thompson

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

LB Adam Bighill, OG John Fullington, DB Anthony Gaitor, QB Garrett Grayson, TE Garrett Griffin, DB Forrest Hightower, DE Royce LaFrance, DT Ashaad Mabry, TE Jake Stoneburner, WR Jordan Williams, DT Justin Zimmer

NEW YORK GIANTS

DB Donte Deayon, OG Jon Halapio, RB Jacob Huesman, DB Michael Hunter, DE Stansly Maponga, DB Ryan Murphy, WR Kevin Norwood, WR Darius Powe, QB Keith Wenning, DE Jordan Williams

NEW YORK JETS

DE Kenny Anunike, WR Darius Jennings, K Ross Martin, DE Claude Pelon, RB Chris Swain, LS Zach Triner, TE Jason Vander Laan

OAKLAND RAIDERS

DE Jimmy Bean, WR K.J. Brent, DE Demetrius Cherry, DB Kenneth Durden, TE Cooper Helfet, WR Jaydon Mickens, LB Andy Mulumba, LB Dwayne Norman, TE Ryan O'Malley, OG Oni Omolie, OG Ian Silberman

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

WR Rasheed Bailey, LB Don Cherry, TE Anthony Denham, OG Darrell Greene, DB Aaron Grymes, WR Marcus Johnson, C Aaron Neary, DT Aziz Shittu, WR David Watford, DB Mitchell White

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

QB Mike Bercovici, OT Brett Boyko, DB Randall Evans, DB Mike Lee, LB Chris McCain, DB Adrian McDonald, TE Jake McGee

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

OT Norman Price

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

OG Josh Allen, TE Kivon Cartwright, OG Jarvis Harrison, RB Quayvon Hicks, DB Isaiah Johnson, OG Michael Liedtke, K John Lunsford, DB Cody Riggs, RB Blake Sims, WR Derel Walker, TE Tevin Westbrook

TENNESSEE TITANS

OG Karim Barton, LB Kourtnei Brown, LB Reshard Cliett, TE Jerome Cunningham, RB David Fluellen, WR Jonathan Krause, OT Tyler Marz, WR K.J. Maye, TE Tim Semisch, DB Tye Smith

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

LB Khairi Fortt, DT A.J. Francis, WR Matt Hazel, LB Rufus Johnson, DT Joey Mbu, C Ronald Patrick, DB Shak Randolph, LB Pete Robertson, TE Wes Saxton, DE Phil Taylor, WR Kendal Thompson, OT Isaiah Williams, DB Earl Wolff



Nick Mensio is a football writer for Rotoworld.com. The 2014 NFL season marks his third with Rotoworld. He can be found on Twitter at @NickMensio.
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