Buccaneers Sign Multiple Players to Futures Contracts


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to the Detroit Lions in the NFC Divisional Round 31-23 Sunday to bring an end to their 2023 season.

While their offseason literally just started hours ago the Pewter Pirates front office is already in motion. On Monday the Bucs started the process of signing players to Futures Contracts.

CB Derrek Pitts
WR Cephus Johnson
TE Tanner Taula
T Luke Haggard
RB Patrick Laird
CB Keenan Isaac
WR Ryan Miller
TE David Wells

These signings were reported by JC Allen of SI’s Bucs Game Day, and Fox Sports’ Greg Auman.

We will update this list as more Futures Contracts are sogned. Check back here!

What exactly is a “Futures Contract”? We’ll let profootballnetwork.com explain it,

“An NFL futures contract is essentially exactly what it says it is. It is a contract that secures an NFL player to a team for the future. The reason it is designated as a “futures contract” is that the player is not officially under contract until the start of the following league season.

The reason that differentiation is important is that the player’s contract does not count against the salary cap or the roster limit for the current season. Instead, it is credited against the following year’s salary cap, and the player counts against the offseason 90-man roster limit.

However, it is crucial to note that once a player signs a futures contract, they are placed on a reserve/futures list and cannot negotiate with other teams. Unlike with practice squads, teams cannot sign other teams’ players with a futures contract. That means NFL general managers and coaches can be confident in having the bottom part of their roster settled for OTAs and training camp.”

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