The Seahawks today announced the signing of 11 players to futures contracts for the 2015 season. All were player who ended the season on either the team’s practice squad or the practice squad injured reserve list.
The players are: TE RaShaun Allen, S Dion Bailey, RB Demitrius Bronson, G Nate Isles, WR Douglas McNeil, G Drew Nowak, T Justin Renfrow, DE Ryan Robinson, DT Jimmy Staten, DE Julius Warmsley and LB Mike Zimmer.
A futures contract simply means the player will be under contract to the team once the 2015 official league year begins on March 10. It’s basically a promise of a contract once that date rolls around. As such, their contracts don’t count against the salary cap now.
Teams are limited to 53 players on their active roster and 10 more on the practice squad during the regular season. But the practice squad dissolves once the season ends turning those players into free agents and if teams want to keep them around they have to sign them to futures contracts. Most teams typically sign all of their practice squad players to futures deals once the season ends so they can then bring them to the off-season training program and the various other off-season camps.
Rosters can expand to 90 for training camp.
The only player who was on the practice squad at the end of the season not signed to a futures deal was LB Allen Bradford.
Of the signed players, Allen spent time this season on the active roster. Bronson, a Kentwood High grad who also played at UW and Eastern Washington, and Warmsley were each hurt at the end of the year and on IR.
Here’s the official release from the Seahawks: