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 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 10, 2015 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, Patriots RB Jonas Gray, Giants TE Daniel Fells, and Giants WR Preston Parker were a few players who inked futures deals last offseason and ended up contributing in 2014. Below is where we’ll track all of these signings.
RB Terrance Cobb, WR Jeremy Gallon, LB Justin Jackson, CB Vernon Kearney, OT Dan Kistler, OG Lamar Mady, WR Seth Roberts, DT Kona Schwenke, CB Jansen Watson
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
RB Kendall Gaskins, TE Xavier Grimble, WR Lance Lewis, OT Chris Martin, DE Lawrence Okoye, LB Shayne Skov, DT Garrison Smith
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